Hopi Zuni Kachinas

Hopi Zuni Kachinas

Some of the most popular “collectibles” today are Kachina dolls, also spelled katsina. The carved wood figures were intended to be teaching aids (rather than toys) to introduce young people to the attributes of the kachina they represent. Aside from the Hopi, the Zuni and Pueblo tribes also traditionally carved kachinas and still carve some today. Each tribe had individual characteristics that make it possible to tell their kachinas apart: The Hopi kachinas were generally made out of a single piece of wood, with the arms of the earliest pieces close to the body. The Zuni kachinas usually had articulated arms and wore clothing. And the Pueblo dolls generally had the simplest design and were made out of flat pieces of wood with the face and arms painted on instead of carved.