Category Archives: Hopi Katsina Dolls

Guide to Hopi Kachina Dolls

Guide to Hopi Kachina Dolls

The Hopi are a peaceful farming tribe who live in northeastern Arizona. On their 1.5 million-acre reservation that includes 12 villages and is home to more than nine thousand members of the tribe. People from outside the tribe use the word Kachina to describe the spirits that are central to the Hopi religion. The term is also used to describe the… Continue Reading

Katsina Doll Meaning: A Brief History & Overview

Katsina Doll Meaning: A Brief History & Overview

Every culture carries its own emblems. These emblems are deeply representative of the people and they can carry spiritual significance. For the Hopi, one such emblem is the katsina doll. An Overview of Katsina Dolls The Hopi are a peaceful people. Today, more than 9,000 Hopi people live together on a reservation in Arizona. Although… Continue Reading

August – A Time to Honor the Butterfly

August – A Time to Honor the Butterfly

Perhaps the two most visible representations of Hopi culture in our society are the colorful hand-carved Katsina dolls and the costumed dancers that appear as the spirits that the dolls represent at certain times of the year. For the Hopi, all things follow a specific, traditional order. In August or September, after gathering the annual harvest and the… Continue Reading

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

Like minstrel shows of the early 19th century, which were an unfolding of outlandish entertainment, satire, and comic slapstick used to shatter taboos and also reinforce stereotypes, the practice of Hopi clowning, known as “Tsukulalwa,” often accomplished the same. Clowning societies helped sculpt the foundations of Hopi ceremony and ritual. While outsiders may have taken… Continue Reading