Category Archives: Pueblo

Christmas Traditions Celebrated by the Tribes of the Southwest

Christmas Traditions Celebrated by the Tribes of the Southwest

The holidays are a beautiful blend of yuletide charm and spiritual reflection for the people of the Southwest. Here, we explore some of these interesting Christmas traditions. Pueblo Dances After the conversion of the pueblo people to Catholicism during the 16th century, a merging of cultures took place. Christmas Mass and spiritual Native American traditions… Continue Reading

The Native American Wedding Vase

The Native American Wedding Vase

Every culture has its own traditions and customs when it comes to weddings, and Native Americans are no different. One cherished tradition centers around a wedding item still used in Native American weddings today: the wedding vase. A Native American wedding vase is unlike any vase people generally think of. They are visually designed in… Continue Reading

Role of the Butterfly in Native American Culture

Role of the Butterfly in Native American Culture

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, animals have been a focus of Native American culture since the beginning of time. Although we often associate animals such as deer, bear, and fox with Native American culture, insects have also played a role in many Native American myths. In fact, butterflies play a large role in… Continue Reading

History of the Eagle Dance

History of the Eagle Dance

Although the eagle is often associated with the United States in general, it is more frequently associated with Native American culture. Eagles are the focus of many Native American legends and play a large role in many spiritually-based ceremonies among different tribes. Here at Kachina House, we offer a variety of different products that represent… Continue Reading

Wuyak-kuita the Broadface Katsina

Every spiritual path has its protectors. The Puebloan belief system employs Katsinam to act as guards during ceremonies and as guides for mankind.   Dolls and figurines have always played a sacred role in spiritual and cultural ritual and ceremony. The Katsina doll isn’t a toy; rather it is a symbol of the Katsina that… Continue Reading

Native American Powwows

Native American Powwows

Traditional Native American Plains Indians celebrate their cultures with ceremonies known as Powwows. Most Powwows involve feasting, singing, formal dancing and various types of competitions. Each Powwow creates an opportunity for various tribes to convene, visit, and forge alliances. This tradition has helped to preserve aspects of Native American cultures and their rich heritage.  … Continue Reading

The Pueblo Storyteller Doll

  It’s difficult for some to imagine a world without a written history. Perhaps it is our fear of being forgotten that makes us preserve our thoughts and experiences in what we see as tangible words. Native Americans, going back to ancient times, saw things differently. Tribal elders took responsibility for the next generation, orally… Continue Reading