However, eBay has featured two highly collectable ceramic Easter eggs by Kim Vallo, an Acoma artist, and a clown Kachina
doll holding and painting an Easter egg by Neil David, Sr., a Hopi artist.
Navajo-made dolls, marketed as Hopi or more commonly as "Indian Kachinas
" or"Navajo katchinas," are sold across the country and around the world in tourist stores, through mail-order catalogs, and increasingly on the Internet.
But everyone seems to fling open the doors of the more Western-style houses, happily presenting hand-carved kachina
dolls (representing ancient spirits) and Indian jewelry for sale.
This response led us to ask: Should kachina
dolls be taught as art lessons in schools?
Likewise James, the carver of kachina
dolls, embodiments of ancestral spirits in wood.
The Franciscans Christianized the pueblos, and suppressed the native animistic religion, notably the worship of the kachinas
, which was essentially ancestor worship.
Another special exhibit was a set of 2-inch-high gold kachinas
carved by Edward Tennen.
Cheston took his pocketknife and carved his first three kachinas
at the age of nine.
A recent trip to Arizona afforded me the opportunity to purchase two small kachinas
for hands-on use.
That's who we are." When prayers are answered, the kachinas
, taking the shape of clouds in the heights of the sacred Peaks, visit the Hopi and their crops.
Today, the church's interior walls bear traditional paintings of kachinas
-- sacred figures central to Zuni cultural and spiritual life.
, supernatural beings who live in the neighboring mountains, are represented by masked dancers and small wooden dolls.
All of the Kachinas
, male or female, are impersonated by Hopi men who are members of a particular men's society Kiva.
The volume features many of Kaplinski's paintings from Sky of the Kachinas
(1967) to The Observation Point--Phantom Canyon, Colorado (2004), and photos of the artist.
Stan Tims, also a noted Tucson inlay artist, displayed some wonderful silver and gem-inlaid kachinas
and some colorful jewelry.