Types of Native American Kachina Dolls

Different Types & Styles of Kachina Dolls by Native Americans

Antelope Kachina Doll

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Navajo Style Antelope Kachina

The Antelope Kachina Doll increases the chance for it to rain by dancing.

Badger Kachina Doll

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Hopi Style Badger Kachina

Badger Kachina Doll gives cures to the sick and weary. He also is prayed to by Native Americans and is given the growth of healing and herbs.

Bean Kachina Doll

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Hopi Style Bean Dancer Kachina

Bean Kachina Doll makes crops of beans flourish.

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Bear Kachina Doll

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Bear Kachina Doll

Bear Kachina Doll is an icon of great power he is also known well for healing the sick. The Bear is a strong source of strength for many Amerindians. They are admired for there independence and strength. The bears spirit was often called upon before entering battle.

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Broadface Kachina Doll

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Broadface

Broadface Kachina Doll - Carries yucca whips to enforce community cleaning.

Buffalo Warrior Kachina Doll

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Buffalo Warrior Kachina Doll by Milton Howard

Buffalo Warrior Kachina Doll - Assures that there will be adequate food for the winter.

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Butterfly Kachina Doll

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Butterfly Kachina Doll

Butterfly Kachina Doll - Lands on flowers, then the medicine man uses these in his medicine.

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Chief Kachina Doll

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Chief Kachina Doll

Chief Kachina Doll - An ancient Kachina representing great power of knowledge.

Crow Mother Kachina Doll

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Crow Mother Kachina Doll

Crow Mother Kachina Doll - Watches over children as they play.

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Corn Maiden Kachina Doll

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Corn Maiden Kachina Doll

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Spotted Corn Kachina

Corn Kachina Doll - Purifies women who grind the corn for ceremonies and other use.

Spotted Corn Kachina Doll - Aides in the production and pollination of corn for ceremonies and other use.

Deer Kachina Doll

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Deer Kachina Doll by Milton Howard

Deer Kachina Doll - Dances to increase his kind for plenty to eat for the future.

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Eagle Kachina Doll

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Eagle Kachina Doll

Eagle Kachina Doll - Represents strength & power. Is the ruler of the sky and the messenger to the heavens. The overseer of all of the Kachinas and is a honored guest who receives many presents. According to the Hopi, he is one of the main dancers in the Solstice Parade.

First Mesa Kachina Doll

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First Mesa Kachina Doll

First Mesa Kachina Doll - Guards the passage way to other mesas.

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Hemis Kachina Doll

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Hemis Kachina

Hemis Kachina Doll - Represents happiness of a successful harvest.

Hoop Dancer Kachina Doll

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Hoop Dancer Kachina Doll by Milton Howard

Hoop Dancer Kachina Doll - Amuses the audience of a major ceremony. The rings represent the circle of life.

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Hototo Kachina Doll

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Hototo Kachina Doll

Hototo Kachina Doll - The preparer of food and the most respected of the war Kachinas.

Hummingbird Kachina Doll

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Hummingbird Kachina Doll

Hummingbird Kachina Doll - A runner, brilliant impersonate.

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Kokopelli Kachina Doll

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Kokopelli Kachina Doll

Kokopelli Kachina Doll - A hunched back flute player, fertility god, seducer of young girls, baby-maker. He carries a bag of presents to distribute to the women he seduces.

Left Hand Kachina Doll

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Left Hand Kachina Doll

Left Hand Kachina Doll - Carries his bow in his right hand instead of his left, and in fact most of his gear is reversed. The left handed Kachina appears in many dances, like the mixed kachina, in groups in the kivas or separately as a warrior in the Powamu ceremony. In addition, he is a favorite subject for the carving of Kachina Dolls or thew painting of pictures. He may act as a prompter in a dance or be found making odd little bows and taking small mincing steps at the edge of a procession. A great deal of the time he has trouble with Ho-e when they appear in the same dance.

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Lizard Kachina Doll

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Lizard Kachina

Lizard Kachina Doll - A fighting Kachina, brings sweethearts together. (like Cupid)

Medicine Man Kachina Doll

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Medicine Man Kachina Doll

Medicine Man Kachina Doll - Prepares herbs and roots to prevent and cure sickness. He is also wise and gives advice.

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Morning Singer Kachina Doll

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Morning Singer Kachina Doll

Morning Singer Kachina Doll - Appears on roof tops singing songs to wake up the people of the villages.

Mudhead Kachina Doll

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Paralized Mudhead Kachina Doll by Milton Howard

Mudhead Kachina Doll - Always carried by a friend who was blind, together they were able to hunt and travel. The paralyzed Kachina is often carried by a Mudhead Kachina as pictured to the left.

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Old Man Kachina Doll

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Old Man Kachina Doll

Old Man Kachina Doll - A grandfather Kachina who sings songs for a successful growing season.

Ogre Kachina Doll (White & Black)

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White Ogre Kachina Doll by Milton Howard

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Black Ogre Kachina Doll by Milton Howard

Black Ogre Kachina Doll - With his beady eyes and large mouth, the Black Ogre (Nata-aska) comes to the dances whipping his saw to scare the children. The Ogres are known to eat children so the kids run around trying to stay away while the Ogres give chase, threatening to consume them in their large clapping jaws.

White Ogre Kachina Doll - Also called Wiharu, accompanies the Black Ogre and Soyoko (Ogre Woman) to the dances. They all work together to entertain the children and collect food as offerings

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Owl Kachina Doll

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Owl Kachina Doll by Milton Howard

Owl Kachina Doll - Beneficial to agriculture because of his destruction to rodents. Symbolizes intelligence & wisdom.

Priest Killer Kachina Doll

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Priest Killer Kachina

Priest Killer Kachina Doll - Referred to by the non-Hopi people as the Priest Killer because he carried out the beheading of the priest during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The pueblo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico revolted against the Catholic Church in order to retain and have the freedom of practicing their own religion.

Rainbow Kachina Doll

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Rainbow Kachina

Rainbow Kachina Doll - Represents peace and harmony thought the tribes.

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Ram Kachina Doll

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Turquoise Inlaid Silver Ram Kachina

Ram Kachina Doll - Much like all game animals, dances for increase of its kind and has power over the rain.

Red Tail Hawk Kachina Doll

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Red Tail Hawk Kachina Doll

Red Tail Hawk Kachina Doll - Rarely seen he serves many important purposes.

Road Runner Kachina Doll

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Road Runner Kachina Doll

Road Runner Kachina Doll - Assists in bringing rain and wards off witchcraft to protect homes.

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Santo Domingo Kachina Doll

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Santo Domingo Kachina Doll

Santo Domingo Kachina Doll - Blesses the seed for a good harvest.

Shalako Kachina Doll

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Shalako Kachina Doll

Shalako Kachina Doll - The most magnificent Kachina of all, towers seven or eight feet, usually appears with its mate.

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Snow Kachina Doll

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Snow Kachina

Snow Kachina Doll - Brings snow and cold weather essential to the growth of crops.

Sunface Kachina Doll

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Sunface Kachina Doll

Sunface Kachina Doll - Represents warmth, shelter for the old, bright future, and playfulness for the young.

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White Cloud Kachina Doll

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White Cloud Kachina Doll

White Cloud Kachina Doll - Represents the clouds in the sky and brings moisture for crops.

Wolf Kachina Doll

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Wolf Kachina

Wolf Kachina Doll - Master hunter using his great awareness and knowledge of the land to find and capture game. The Wolf is highly respected and makes appeals for healthy game and good hunting. He usually shows up at the dance sneaking behind the antelope, deer or rabbits hiding behind his stick which represents trees and cover. He often appears at the Soyohim Dances, the Mixed Kachina Dance, and the Water Serpent Ceremony at First Mesa. Towards the end he is showered with offerings in hopes that the people may channel his skills as a hunter.

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Zuni Rain Priest Kachina Doll

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Zuni Rain Priest Kachina Doll

Zuni Rain Priest Kachina Doll - Accompanies the Shalako to bring rain.

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