Native American Navajo Hopi Miniature Kachina Dolls

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Loretta Multine, Navajo/Hopi
"Clown" - Miniature Kachina

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

Clown (Hano)

The Clown Kachina performs some inanity during a pause in the traditional Hopi dance. Sometimes during the dance the behave with such unbridled actions that Warrior Kachina come and threaten them for misbehaving. They might behave for a while, but eventually they are thoroughly beaten and drenched with water by the Warrior Kachinas until they cower and promise to behave better. White face mask, black eyes and mouth, soft horns, black and white horizontal stripes.

Loretta Multine - Navajo / Hopi
Miniature Kachina
"Clown (Hano) "
KD49 - $25 plus s/h


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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 of a miniature kachina
  • 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 kachina is on the bottom of its base
Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi
Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi
Authentic Native American Hopi kachina doll by Loretta Multine Navajo/Hopi

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.

 

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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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