Native American Navajo Hopi Miniature Kachina Dolls

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Loretta Multine, Navajo/Hopi
"Set of 4 Miniature Kachinas"

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Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi

Badger, Antelope, Longbill, Cloud

Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi

  • Approx 2 1/2" tall, some slightly shorter or taller
  • Approx 1" wide, some slightly wider or narrower
  • Dime at right shows scale
  • Hand carved from the root of the cottonwood tree
  • Hand painted
  • Real feathers, leather and colored thread sashes.
  • Signed LM by the artist
  • Name of each kachina is on the bottom of its base
Loretta Multine - Navajo / Hopi
Miniature Kachinas
Set of 4
KD40 - Set of 4 - $89 SOLD

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Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi
Badger, Antelope, Longbill, Cloud
Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi
Badger, Antelope, Longbill, Cloud
Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi
Badger, Antelope, Longbill, Cloud

About the Artist

Loretta Multine is 1/2 Hopi Tobacco Clan and 1/2 Navajo Tachinii, "Red strike in water" and born for the Honeycomb Clan. She learned kachina carving in 1983 from her husband, who learned the craft from his grandfather. Loretta has been carving kachinas for over 25 years. She uses the root of the cottonwood tree for her creations.

About these Kachinas

Badger - Animals are advisers; the badger is a curing kachina with a connection to roots and herbs and an ability to heal the sick with prayers.

Antelope - The antelope is believed to bring rain and make the grass grow so that there will be plenty of feed for wild game.

Longbill - Longbill appears during the Bean Dance Ceremonies and sometimes stands guard on the kiva when secret ceremonies are taking place.

Cloud - Cloud appears in Mixed Kachina Dance and is said to bring summer rains.

References:
Hopi Kachina Dolls with a Key to their Identification, Harold S. Colton, Revised fifth edition 1959.
Hopi Kachinas, The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls, Barton Wright, 1977.

About Kachinas

A kachina has three aspects. The supernatural being as it exists in the minds of the Hopis; the masked impersonator of the supernatural spirit; and the dolls that are made in the likeness of the masked impersonator of the supernatural spirit.

Kachinas represent the forces of nature, human, animal, plant, and act as intermediaries between the world of humans and the gods. Kachinas play an important part in the seasonal ceremonies of the Hopi. They represent generations of traditions that have been passed on and are the subject of a number of books. The simplified descriptions of the individual kachina dolls here is meant only as an introduction.

Small kachinas (dolls) are given to children to introduce the child to what each of the kachinas look like.

Traditionally, kachina dolls are created by Hopi or Zuni artists.

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