Our guest blogger and long time Anorak contributor, Rob Flowers is back this week sharing his love for Kachina Dolls.
This week I'd like to introduce you to the beautiful artefacts that Kachina dolls are. They are produced by Native American craftsmen, carved from a single piece of cottonwood. In Hopi & Pueblo culture, a Kachina represents the spirit that lives in everything in the natural world, from the sun and stars to wolves and bears & even squashes! They are powerful beings who can bring rain, health, protection & babies. As well as carving Kachina figures, masked members of tribes dress up as Kachina for religious ceremonies.
The are over 400 different types of Kachina, and the dolls representing them of are often given to young girls & new brides. There are even clowns in the Kachina culture, who entertain & amuse the audiences. Kachina can have brothers & sisters, parents and grandparents and may even marry & have children!