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a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit

a deified spirit of the Pueblo people

a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit

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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.
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.
Kachinas, 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.