Category Archives: Kachina Katsina

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

Old Style Katsina Dolls: The Frog and Lizard

Old Style Katsina Dolls: The Frog and Lizard

Now that Katsina Season has begun, more and more Katsinam will begin to visit the Hopi people, including the Frog and the Lizard. Hundreds of Katsinam exist, each representing an animal or supernatural being that provides assistance to the Hopi. All of these beings have a specific purpose, particular dances in which they participate, and… Continue Reading

The Night Dances of March

The Night Dances of March

Four days following the conclusion of Powamuya, the Fest Parade and the Puppet Doll drama begin. At this parade, all the Katsinam enter the village and perform their specific dances. Hopi people celebrate the beginning of the Katsina season with the Night Dances of March, also called the Angkwa, which means “appearance afterwards.” These dances… Continue Reading

Hemis Katsina

Hemis Katsina

Hemis Katsina, originally from Jemez Pueblo, appears at Niman, the Home-Going Ceremony that takes place after the summer solstice. This Katsina plays an important role in the harvest by bringing rain for the crops. He brings the first corn of the harvest to the villagers during the Niman Ceremony, symbolizing a bountiful season to come.… Continue Reading