Hopi Kachina Dolls – 1940‘s and 1950’s
Angak China Kachina – Circa 1950’s
This Long Haired Kachina, that measures 9 1/2 inch doll excluding the professionally mounted base, is extremely well carved. Of particular interest is the flat Hahai flat doll mounted on his back. A great doll showing its age well.
Angakchina – Longhair Kachina (1950’s)
This 6 1/4 inch tall doll is circa 1950’s.
Avatchoya – (1950’s)
This imposing doll stands 10 Inches tall.The feathers are hand-tied and the largest feathers point in four directions. Well carved with lots of character.
Avatshoya – Corn kachina (1950’s)
This doll is circa 1950 and stands 5 1/2 inches tall. In great condition with nice patina. Notice the stylized corn cobs on his cheeks.
Big Horn Sheep Kachina (1950’s)
This well carved little doll stands 7 1/2 inches tall. The case mask has blossoms for ears and a snout with teeth, It has great patina and has had some well done repairs made to it over the years.
Cactus Kachina (1940‘ – 50’s)
This a 3rd Mesa Cactus Kachina. Kind of unusual. He is 1940’s-50’s and stands 5 3/4 Inches tall. On the bottom of his feet is a sales tag that has what appears to be an inventory number and $3.75 price. Nice doll with nice patina.
Hahai I Wuhti Kachina Mother (1950’s)
Hahai I Wuhti Kachina. Circa 1950, and just 3 inches tall. She still has the original string tied around her neck and the paints are the tempura paints which have developed a great patina over time. The carving suggests that she is carrying a bowl of corn-meal waist high.
Hano Clown Kachina (1950’s)
This is a really neat little kachina I would date from the late 1950’s. It stands a little over 5 1/2 inches tall and is perfect in all ways as it is carved and painted very well. It has a nice patina from age.
Hemis Kachina (circa 1956)
This is a real Hemis Kachina that stands 13 inches to the top of the tableta. Very nicely carved and well painted showing much detail. On the foot it’s marked Hemis on one and Kachina 1956 on the other.
Hemis Kachina-Mana – Kachina Maiden (1950’s)
Circa 1950’s. This doll stands 6 1/8 inches tall not including the feathers. Hemis Kachina-mana Maiden. As The tag says: It is the most common Kachina Maiden and appears with Hemis Kachina in the Home Dance and many others.
Hey Heya Kachina (1950’s)
This 1950’s Hey heya kachina stands 5 Inches tall.There are many varieties of Hey Heya’s but this one is probably the Kuwan (colourful) one. A great doll with great patina.
Holi Kachina – Corn Kachina (1950’s)
Circa 1950, this particular doll stands 6 inches tall not including the feathers. It has the original tag including the carvers name “Arthur Yowytewa”. The back of the tag says “Named for the sound a Kachina makes. Appears in regular Kachina dances. The eagle feathers in place of ears”. (Actually the feathers are turkey feathers) Nice patina!
Holi Kachina – The Hunter (1940’s)
Circa 1940’s and stands 4 inches tall excluding the feathers. Holi – The Hunter was commonly seen on the third mesa. Was a favourite to carve from the 40’s to 50’s.(It’s named for the sound the Kachina makes)
Hummingbird Kachina (1940’s)
Circa 1940’s. This doll stands 5 1/4 Inches tall excluding the feathers. The Hummingbird Kachina has to do with pollination. It is a Kachina that is carved often. It’s in just pristine shape with great patina.
Hummingbird? Kachina (1940s)
This a is a great little doll that is a little over 6 inches in height. It has a great green color on the skirt with 4 feathers painted on it. It resembles the Hummingbird Kachina but I’m not sure.
Kokole Kachina (Circa 1950’s)
This nicely done doll is 8 inches high. This is the Hopi oral historian who recounts Hopi history to the kids. It’s a nice doll in great condition.
Koyemsi Kachina – Mud Head (1950’s)
This large doll stands 12 Inches tall. Circa 1950’s. This is the kind that would sing for other Kachinas that have no voice. Around his neck is a bag of oranges and fruit to give to the kids. There was probably something in his left hand but it has long since gone.
Koyemsi Kachina – Mud Head (1950’s)
This 4 5/8 inch doll is circa 1950’s.
Koyemsi Kachina – Mud Head (1950’s)
This nice doll standing 5 /34 inches without the feathers is a real neat doll. It’s well carved with great patina.
Koyemsi Kachina – Mud Head Clown (1940’s)
The Koyemsi (Mud Head Clown) is 10 1/2 inches tall and is circa the 1940’s. His left hand is missing whatever it was holding.
Koyemsi Kneeling – (1940’s)
This doll is one of my favourites, The circa 1940’s Mudhead is kneeling and simply put pictures don’t do it justice! It is well painted with great patina.
Kwa Kachina – Circa 1950
This is a nice 1950’s Kwa Kachina. He is 7 1/4 Inches tall and is 10 1/4 Inches across. He has real earrings made of string and painted. The wings and arms are actually carved together. There is some minor paint loss in a couple of places and He actually had something in each hand but there are both long gone. The sash is particularly well done.
Kwa or Eagle Kachina – (1950’s)
This Eagle carving dates from the 1950’s. In overall nice condition with the feathers showing their age. The doll is 11 inches high including the base and has a wingspan of about 10 inches.
Ma‘lo Kachina Doll (1950’s)
Ma’lo Wuuhti Kachina Doll. Circa 1950, just 3 1/2 inches tall. The paints used are tempura paints which were common for the period. Still has the original string tied around the neck.
Mok or Kahaila Kachina (1950’s)
This is a nice doll measuring 9 1/4 Inches without the newly added feathers. The doll is in nice shape and well carved dating from the 50’s. The name of the carver appears to be penciled in on the bottom of the left foot and says “Honie”.
Mongwu Kachina – Owl – (1950‘s 60’s)
This nicely carved 6 Inch Mongwu Kachina dates probably from the 1950’s or perhaps the 1960’s. The person I bought the doll from is very certain it was carved by Emory Pohouma. He carved a lot of the Route 66 style dolls, except with feet.
Ngayayataka – Corn Kachina (1950’s)
This is an interesting 1950’s doll. According to the seller the Ngayayataka is one of the numerous corn kachina-beings and there are different variations on the Ngayayataka He is a well known dealer in Kachinas and knows his stuff so I’ll go with that. The doll stands 11 1/2 inches tall and has nice abalone earrings and pendant. It has horse hair mixed in with the feathers as well. It’s in really nice shape with a few few minor cracks with a well developed patina.
Old Man/Grandfather (1940’s)
A nice doll from the 1940’s that stands 9 inches tall
Palhik Mana – Butterfly Kachina (1950’s)
This good looking kachina stands 10 inches tall. It shows some places where the paint is worn off, however it has a great head dress and great patina. The seller thought it might be a Palhik Mana kachina and that doesn’t seem unreasonable.
Qoia or Kau-a Kachina (circa 1950’s)
This is a really nice 1950’s version of the Qoai or Kau-a Kachina. In tempra paints, with feathers and old cotton string for ears it stands 7 1/2 inches tall. This doll has great patina! He was a favorite at Hopi through the 40’s then they sort of stopped dancing it and stopped carving it. Then after a 60 year hiatus it reappeared at Hotevilla village about 10 years ago. Now they are a favorite again. The interesting thing about this kachina is that at some villages it’s songs are actually in the Navajo language not Hopi.
Screech Owl Kachina (1940‘s 50’s)
This 8 1/2 inch Screech Owl dates to the 1940’s or early 50’s. He has nails holding his arms together. The Hopi haven’t used nails since about the 40’s and earlier. He has tempera paints….nice doll.
Sia-astasana Kachina (1950’s)
Sia-astasana Kachina – Circa 1950 this doll is 6 1/2 inches tall excluding the feathers. Zuni Rain Priest of the north. Mostly comes from the First Mesa or with the Zuni Shalakos. A great doll in great condition.
Sio Poli – Zuni Butterfly (1940’s)
This is a great doll. The dealer I bought the doll from identified it as a rarely carved Zuni Butterfly doll. It stands 9 Inches in height and has excellent patina. This doll is most perfect in all ways.
Sio Salako (1940‘s – 1950’s)
This 9 Inch doll is circa 1940’s 50’s. The Sio Salako Kachina came from the Zuni originally and became one of the many Kachina spirits. The doll is generally good condition, though some paint has flaked off with time. There is a series of 10 small holes across the top back of the head that obviously had feathers in them at one time. The remains of a single feather still sit atop the centre of the mask. It would of been a real sight all decked out in feathers!!
Snake And Antelope Priests (1950’s)
Circa 1950’s. Both dolls are 7 1/2 inches not including the base. Snake and Antelope Priests. These are almost never carved. They represent the two societies that put on the snake dance. Very rare.
Sohu – Star Kachina (1940’s)
Circa 1940’s standing 5 3/8 inches tall excluding the feather. The Star Kachinas are used as timing markers to begin certain ceremonies.
Tadpole Variant (1950’s)
This is a very nicely carved doll with great patina was described to me by the knowledgable seller as a Tadpole Variant It has Antelope Priest in pencil under the kilt but that is not what it is. Apparently this kind of doll is rarely carved. This doll stands 9 1/2 inches tall.
Talavai Kachina – Circa 1950’s
This beautiful doll stands 10 3/4 Inches tall to the top of his wooden feathers. It is extremely well carved and painted using tempura paints. It is also known as the “Early Morning Kachina”. It’s a wall-hanger for sure as it doesn’t stand very well at all. The doll has developed great patina over the years
Tasaf Kachina – Circa 1940’s
This 8 1/4 Inch doll is in beautiful condition.It has a well developed patina and has been painted with mineral paints. A real good one!
Tasaf Kachina (1930‘s 40’s)
This 10 inch tall Tasaf is from the 1940’s, possibly late 30’s. His paints are a mixture of mineral paints and tempera paints. I love the rain clouds on the back of the head.
Tasaf Kachina (1940’s)
This 7 3/4 Inch doll, excluding the feather, is a Tasaf (Navajo) doll from the 1940’s. It’s a nice example with great patina.
Tasaf Kachina (1940’s)
This Circa 1940’s Tasaf Kachina is 6 3/4 inches tall not including the feathers. Great patina and really nice doll
Tasaf Kachin-Mana (1940‘s early 50’s)
The Tasaf Mana represents a Navajo Kachina Maiden. She is 10 1/2 inches tall with great patina. She is showing her age with hairline cracks on both shoulders and her right arm has had repairs. She must of carried something in both hands at one time but whatever they were they have long since disappeared. Even with her problems she is a great doll that has been carved and painted with care.
Tawa – Sun Kachina (1950’s)
The doll stand 9 Inches tall. It has been nicely carved and is aging well.On the back are the original feathers and the original string is still attached.
Thunder Boy Kachina (1950‘s – 60’s)
This 8 inch Kachina is circa 1950’s – 60’s. This doll is signed: made by Victor Outah, Oraibi, Arizona
Tsa’kwaina Kachina (circa 1950)
This Hopi Tsa’kwaina Kachina Doll (also known as Chakwaina Kachina) is circa 1950 and measures 8 inches tall. He is a warrior-type of kachina spirit. This Tsa’kwaina is in excellent condition and showing nice patina from age.
Velvet Shirt Kachina – Circa 1950’s
This is a really well done 9 Inch Velvet Shirt Kachina from the 1950’s. It’s very complete with the rattle and bow and extras like the hand carved earrings and necklace. The doll has developed a very nice patina and is aging very gracefully.
Zuni Hakto – Circa 1940s ’50s
This is a 9 1/4 inch Hakto made by the Zuni. The doll is nicely finished with a cloth sash and appropriate fabric fox-skin with fabric ruff with yarn attached to the horizontal blue bar on the top of the mask as well as the appropriate black yarn attached to his wrists. He carries small deer antlers in each hand. A really nice doll well carved and well decorated.
Zuni Salimpoya Kachina – (Circa 1950)
This great looking doll measures 8 1/2 inches in height. The Salimpoya Kachina is the Zuni version of the Hopi Sipikne Kachina. In typical Zuni fashion this doll is carved from pine and the kilt is made of cloth with design elements painted on.