Loretta Multine, Navajo/Hopi
Mountain Sheep, like other herbivore kachinas, has power over the rain and also cures spasms.
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.
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.