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Broad Faced Kachina Doll, 15.5" by Preston Youvella (Hopi)

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Price: $795.00
Item Number: K6
The Broad-Faced Kachina or "Wuyak-kuita" is considered a Guard Kachina, particularly when appearing on their own, kind of like a seargent-at-arms. When appearing in groups, they are considered as the role of Warriors or "Tuwalakum". Carved of cottonwood root, this doll was made by well-noted kachina doll carver, Preston Youvella.

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. To read more about arts of the Hopi, click here.



An additional $30 will be added at checkout for shipping/handling as this doll requires double boxing and special packing/handling.

15 1/2" including 1/2" base

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