Native American Katsina and Kachina Dolls
The Hopi Katsinam are crafted to personify celestial beings, significant animals to the Hopi people and the ancestors that help those with their harvest, raising their spirits, as well as raising their children. The Hopi people believe that the Katsina dancers possess supernatural powers, even though they are just men from the village wearing masks and feathered costumes.
The Navajo Kachina has no spiritual significance in the Navajo culture; it is a craft learned as a way for some Navajo people to earn a living. It is clear upon examination of these dolls that the Navajo Kachina is not hand-carved from cottonwood root as are the Hopi Katsinam. The body parts of the Navajo Kachina are machine made; the dolls are then pegged, glued together and hand-finished by the Navajo maker.
Browse through our various Native American Katsina and Kachina Dolls collections that are expertly crafted by Native American artists. Visit us at the Kachina House showroom in Sedona, Arizona or call us at 800-304-3290!