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Home Dancer (Niman) Kachina Doll by Leo Lacapa (Hopi)

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Price: $450.00
Item Number: MCGK0235

The Niman, or Home Dancer, kachina is most often used for the the Home-Going Ceremony when the kachinas leave for six months. According to Barton Wright, "(Niman) is one of the most appropriate kachinas for this farewell as it is the first kachina to bring mature corn to the people, indicating that the corn crop is assured." (p. 88, The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls by Barton Wright).

Central to the traditional religion of the Hopi people of the Northern Arizona are Kachinas. A Kachina (Katsinas) is a supernatural being relied upon to provide rain, fertility, health, and well being. While kachinas play a role in many of the Pueblo societies, the Hopi are most noted and prolific today in kachina doll carving. Each year in elaborate ceremonies, men of the Hopi villages dress and mask themselves for ritualized dances to represent and call on the different Kachinas. Kachina dolls are carved from cottonwood root and have long been used to instruct Hopi children in the ways of the traditional religious cycles, and to help them learn to identify the hundreds of different beings. The carvings convey the movement of the dancer, and the specific particulars of the mask, costume, and accessories. In addition to kachinas, Hopi artists also carve figures from Hopi mythology and folklore as well as other Pueblos dancers.

Height: 12", Width: 5", Depth: 6"

An additional $20 shipping fee will be applied at check out and will be marked as "handling" on your receipt. This item requires specialized packaging to ensure safe delivery.


 

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