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 (kə-chē′nə) or kat·si·na (kə-chē′nə, kət-sē′-)
1. Any of numerous deified ancestral spirits of the Pueblo peoples, believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year.
2. A masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony.
3. A carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit, usually presented as a gift to a child.

[Hopi katsina, supernatural being, masked impersonator of a supernatural being.]


(Non-European Myth & Legend) any of the supernatural beings believed by the Hopi Indians to be the ancestors of living humans
[from Hopi qačina supernatural]


or ka•tci•na

(kəˈtʃi nə)

n., pl. -nas.
1. any of a class of supernatural beings who play a role in the religious beliefs and rituals of Pueblo Indian peoples.
2. a masked dancer impersonating such a being.
3. a carved wooden doll representing a kachina.
[1885–90; < Hopi ḳacína]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kachina - a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
dancer, professional dancer, terpsichorean - a performer who dances professionally
2.kachina - a deified spirit of the Pueblo people
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
3.kachina - a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift
doll, dolly - a small replica of a person; used as a toy
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Due to a custom and tradition of intense privacy and respect of the sacred, much of the history and lore of the Hopi kachinas is little known by members of the dominant culture.
Kachinas and Ceremonial Dancers in Zuni Jewelry is a top pick for arts and Native American holdings alike, and narrows its focus to Kachinas and Zuni jewelry.
Consisting of over 4000 items including paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, kachinas, jewelry, rattles, ceramics, baskets and textiles, the collection was amassed by an attorney art appreciator between 1960 and 2010, when it was bequeathed to the University of Oklahoma.
In Southwestern Pueblo tribes, Kachinas became involved with these activities as well, and in Alaska, Easter egg hunts have been compared to the springtime traditional subsistence harvests of wild bird and fish eggs.
I have been collecting Kachinas since 1975 and have seen sellers try to sell Kachinas made in older styles, like this one, as authentic antiques, they are not.
Presented in this volume are 85 rare, classic-era (1880s-1940s) Hopi and Zuni carved dolls from private and public collections and 30 landscape photographs that give context to the kachinas.
Even schematic kachinas and other totemic forms seem to materialize in the works' rhythmic interplay.
The answer brought us to think deeper about Hopi beliefs concerning kachinas (sometimes called katsina dolls) and how the meaning of kachinas should be approached.
U to be beings of heaven"; "The Hopi believe Kachinas are the spirits of nature messengers and teachers sent by the Great Spirit.
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.