|Glossary of Kachina Dolls
What They Mean To Native
Antelope Dancer Kachina Doll: Dances to increase its numbers, brings rain.
Apache Dancer Kachina Doll : Called the “Mountain God”, Apache Dancer
kachina protects the Apache tribe in war time and will appear in the coming of
age ceremonies for young girls.
Badger Dancer Kachina Doll: The Badger can cure the sick, so Native
Americans offer him prayers and healing herbs.
Bear Dancer Kachina Doll: The Bear Kachina also has the power to cure the
Black Nataska Ogre: Nata-aska, the Black Ogre usually carry a saw or
knife, as well as a bow and arrows for hunting. Their most noticable feature
is their long, chomping jaws. These Ogres will accompany Soyoko on her
trip to collect food from the children and make certain they help with chores
and growing corn.
Blue Ahote Kachina: The Ahote Kachina also is seen to come Plains Indian
influence, mainly due to the wearing of a long eagle feather headdress.
Broadface Dancer Kachina Doll: This kachina carries yucca whips to make
people of the village join together to clean the community areas.
Buffalo Dancer Kachina Doll: Buffalo Kachina is the most powerful among all
kachina dolls, who protects and can rid the bad of evil thoughts.
Buffalo Warrior Dancer Kachina Doll: Protecting the food supply, Buffalo
Warrior makes sure there will be adequate food for the winter.
Butterfly Dancer Kachina Doll: Represents the butterfly that lands on
flowers, then the medicine man uses these in his medications.
Butterfly Maiden Kachina Doll: The Palhik Mana, or Butterfly Maiden, is
one of the most popular kachinas, which is beautifully dressed and
usually not masked. This kachina doll typically includes butterfly and corn
Chasing Star Dancer Kachina Doll: He is a symbol for the plants and
the stars, and can resurrect those that have fallen from the sky, by
lifting them back up to the stars.
Chief Dancer Kachina Doll: Chief Dancer is an ancient kachina who
represents the power of knowledge.
Corn Maiden Dancer Kachina Doll: The Corn Maiden purifys the women
who grind the corn for ceremonies and other uses.
Black Crow Kachina Dancer, or often called the Raven Kachina, is a
warrior whose main purpose is to make war on the Clown Kachinas
and to warn anyone else who does not behave.
Deer Dancer Kachina Doll: Dances with the promise to increase
more deer so that villagers will have plenty to eat in the future.
Eagle Dancer Kachina Doll: Represents Strength and power and
can carry a persons dreams up to heaven. Kwahu, the Eagle
Kachina is treated as an honored guest among the Hopi, who give
them presents like they do their children.
Hoop Dancer Kachina Doll: Amuses the audience who are watching
the ceremony, tossing rings that represent the circle of life.
Koshari Clown Dancer Kachina Doll: The Koshari Kachina are
figures that are both sacred and profane. Their actions are
considered humorous, yet the Hopi frown on doing those things
themselves. Koshari clown kachinas are often shown with
watermelons to show they are gluttons.
Long-Haired Kachina Dancer Doll: Called Angak'china, the
Long-Haired Kachina, is a bringer of rain and flowers. Their songs
and dances are beautiful and a favorite of the Hopi. The
Long-Haired kachinas wear long flowing hair that represent the
Medicine Man Kachina Doll: Medicine Man can prevent illness and
cure the sick. He mixes medicinal herbs and roots together and
gives medical advice.
Morning Singer Kachina Doll: Morning Singer will appear on village
rooftops and sings to wake everyone up.
Mouse Kachina Dancer Doll: The Mouse is a hero of the Second
Mesa legend. The mouse helped the village to get rid of an
unwanted chicken hawk by tricking him into diving into a wooden
Mudhead Kachina: Koyemsi, or Mudhead Kachina, is a multi-varied
clown spirit that was borrowed from Zuni Indians. They will be seen in
the chorus of ceremonial dances or possibly in games with the boys
and girls in the audience. Or they may accompany music by playing
the drum. Mud kachinas are seen in most Hopi dances.
Ram Kachina Doll: The Ram dances to increase the number of rams
available for food. He also has some power of rain.
Red Tail Hawk Dancer Kachina Doll: The Hawk Kachina is seldom
seen, but has many important purposes.
Road Runner Dancer Kachina Doll: The Roadrunner Kachina
helps to bring the rain, and can ward off witchcraft to protect
homes in the village.
Snow Dancer Kachina Doll: She brings the right amount of snow and
cold weather needed to grow their important food crops.
Spotted Corn Dancer Kachina Doll: The Spotted Corn Kachina helps to
pollinate corn plants which increases the amount of food available at
Sunface Dancer Kachina Doll: The loved Sunface Kachina represents
the sun’s warmth, and the hope for shelter for old people, and a bright
future with playfulness for the young.
Warrior Dancer Kachina Doll: The Warrior Kachina acts as a
policeman, and is important for functions before and during war.
He'e'e, the Warrior Maiden Kachina, represents a warrior spirit. It can
appear as a man dressed in women's clothes or a woman with a man’s
tools. The Warrior Maiden kachina is a potent warrior, and during the
Pachavu Ceremony, she leads the group of fearsome warrior kachinas
in a battle to protect the line of dancers.
White Bear Kachina: Bear Kachinas are thought to be powerful
and capable of curing bad illnesses. They are great warriors and
are usually seen in the Soyohim or Mixed Dances of springtime.
White Cloud Dancer Kachina Doll: White Cloud Kachina brings
rain for needed food crops and is a representative for the
presence of clouds.
White Wolf Dancer Kachina Doll: He is the hunter who uses his
knowledge to help villages locate and catch needed game
animals. He makes certain that here will be enough food for the