What are Kachina Dolls

What are Kachina Dolls

Kachina Dolls of the Pueblo Peoples

The American Indian People believe that Kachina Spirits come to earth ever year at the start of the winter solstice until mid-July. Their purpose is to bring messages from the gods and god fortune to the tribes they visit.

Kachinas are a representation of the belief that all things on this earth carry a lifeforce, through this belief they provide a way for the indigenous peoples to learn from and connect with spiritual essence of all things.

Originating with the Pueblo Peoples of Southwestern United States that included the Pueblos, Taos, San Iidenfonso, Acoma, Zuni and the Hopi Tribes. These dolls were originally created to teach the children about their history and traditions. They were given to the children during ceremonies, then hung on the wall and studied afterwards, they were not toys but spiritual and religious icons to be held with reverence, to celebrate and to contemplate the lifeforce behind all things in the world.

A Kachina can represent anything in the natural world or Cosmos, from a revered ancestor to and element, a location, a quality, a natural phenomenon, or a concept. There may be Kachinas for the Sun, The Moon and Stars, Storms, The wind, Corn, insects as well as many other concepts.

Kachinas are understood as having human-like relationships, families such as parents and siblings, as well as marrying and having children. Although not worshipped, each is viewed as a powerful being who, if given reverence and respect, can use their power for the human good bringing rainfall, healing, fertility, or protection.

The Kachina was later adopted by other tribes who also had their own beliefs and meanings for each spirit. The most notable are the Navajo Kachina which you will find on our site. Our Kachinas are made by local Navajo people in Sedona and are all signed by the artist. Some common Kachina's that we stock are Deer, Supai, Grandmother, Falcon, Bear, Rainbow, Kawaski, Hoop Dancer & Chilli Pepper.



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