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HOPI KACHINA DOLL GUIDE:

Kachinas (also known as katchinas, katcinas, katsinas)

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ENGLISH NAME:

Kachina
HOPI NAME:
 
Katsina
MEANING OR STORY:
Antelope Chop There are many similarities between the Antelope Kachina (Chop or Sowi-ing) and the Deer Kachina, they can be differentiated by the deer's antlers or the antelope's horns. The Antelope Kachinas dance is a prayer for more rain and for more Antelope. When he appears, he is often accompanied by the Mountain Sheep Kachina, and the Wolf Kachina. The motions that the Antelope Kachina does when he dances are: bending forward at the waist and resting the front part of the body upon the stick that he usually carries. The sticks represent the front legs of an actual antelope.
Apache Yoche The Yoche or Apache Kachina is mainly seen during the Kiva Dances. In the dances, the Apache Kachina portrays an Apache at war or heading for war. The color of this Kachina is not always the same, they tend to where different colors in dances, and are painted different colors in Kachina dolls.
Badger Hototo The Hototo or Badger Kachina can be seen in all Mesas on the Hopi Reservation. Mainly he is seen during the Bean and Mixed Kachina Dances at First and Second Mesa. He has many roles including guard, gift bearer, and warrior. The part he usually plays is to gather wood for the Kiva fires. He is named after the sound that the Kachina utters. Hototo can also be known as the Honan or Badger Kachina, depending on the village. Hototo plays many different roles in the Hopi culture and is an important part, as animals are teachers, advisors, and doctors to the Hopi people.
Bear Hon The Bear or Hon Kachina is a great legendary warrior. He possesses strength that is so great, that it is believed that he could cure the sick. There are a number of different kinds of Bear Kachinas. They are distinguished by color, such as Blue, White, Yellow, and Black Bear Kachinas. The bear dances as a watchman or side dancer during the Soyal Dance on First Mesa, and he sings while dancing outside the lines during the Mixed Dance. His most distinctive feature is the presence of a bear footprint on both cheeks.
Blue Whipper Sakwa Hu The Sakwa Hu or Blue Whipper Kachina is considered an old Kachina although it is usually impersonated by small boys. Its main functions are that of a guard at certain ceremonies mainly in Third Mesa! He is a whipper so he also punishes clowns, children, and people when they misbehave!
Broad Faced Wuyak-kuita

The Broad-Faced or Wuyak-kuita Kachina is a guard Kachina. In every ceremony, he helps the other guards prevent any transgression on the path of the Kachinas. He is not a guard in the Powamu Ceremony on First Mesa. He accompanies the Soyoko and helps her in all her activities. The Broad Face carries yucca whips and moves in an intimidating manner. He is the one who moves toward the clowns and terrifies them. On Third Mesa, He is the Kachina who guards the kivas to keep He Wuhti from getting too close during the Palolokong Ceremony.

Buffalo Mosairu The appearance of the Buffalo Kachina (Mosairu) is similar to the Buffalo Dancer with one exception: the Buffalo Kachina wears a mask. The mask has globular eyes and a snout. He usually dances in the Plaza Dance with the Mixed Dancers. They perform using the rattle and the lightning stick, and along with the other game animal Kachinas, they pray for an increase of buffaloes. In the past, most of the Buffalo Kachinas were made with green masks, but nowadays they are commonly found with black and white ones.
Buffalo Maiden (Woman) Mosairu Mana

 The Buffalo Maiden (Woman) or Mosairu Mana appears with Mosairu (Buffalo Kachina).  She prays for more Buffaloes along with Mosairu.  Like most maidens, the Buffaloe maiden also asks for rain.  I t carries the sun on its back, which represents her presence in summer dances.

Butterfly Poli Taka The Poli Taka or Butterfly is an impersonating Kachina. Insects and reptiles are an important part of Hopi traditions. The Poli Taka is usually played or portrayed by a male in the Butterfly Social Dance. The doll is usually unmasked, but wears a tablet. Orginally the Kachina did not have wings, but over time the wings wear added onto the doll to increase its popularity. Like most Kachina's the Poli Taka or butterfly functions to bring rain and crops to the earth.
Chief Eototo The Eototo or Chief Kachina is the spiritual counterpart of the village chief and therefore, he is known as the "father" of all Kachinas. He knows all of the ceremonies and appears each year on all three mesas. Usually, he arrives with his companion or lieutenant, Aholi, and then, they would begin the ceremony. They begin by blessing each village and marking it, so that the clouds of rain will come. Eototo would lead Aholi out of the Chief Kiva and then, he would draw cornmeal symbols of clouds on the ground. At each blessing, Eototo is given prayer feathers, and in return, the kiva chief takes some of the corn sprout that he carries. These actions symbolize the gift of water to the villages and its crops. His appearance is characteristic of many of the older Kachinas due to its simplicity.
Chief?s Lieutenant Aholi Aholi or Kachina Chief?s Lieutenant is the companion of Eototo, and he helps him bring moisture to the villages. Unlike Eototo?s appearance on all three mesas during the ceremonies, Aholi only appears on the Third Mesa. The Aholi Kachina is a beautiful doll that usually appears with a tall blue helmet and a colorful cloak that consist the likeness of Muyingwa, the Germ God. He wears a cloak that consists of colors that represents the flowers and the essence of summer. After Eototo blesses the village, Aholi places his staff on the cornmeal symbol of clouds that Eototo drew, and waves his staff in an all encompassing fashion while giving a long call: ?Ah-holiiiii!!?. As lieutenant, his actions always reinforce Eototo?s actions during the ceremonies. Aholi and Eototo always come as a pair.
Chili Pepper Tsil The Tsil or Chili Pepper Kachina is a runner. He would race or chase people depending on the event, and then put red pepper powder or a whole entire pepper in their mouths once he caught them (or beat them in a race). Usually, he is seen carrying yucca whips in one hand and a red pepper in the other. Red peppers can also be seen on the top of the Tsil?s helmet.
Clown Koshari

The Clown or Koshari has many names, which give some information about his origin. Koshari is the most commonly used name for the clown. The Koshari can be found in many different pueblos. He can be considered to be the father of Kachinas. These clowns are both sacred and profane to the people. Their actions are both humiliating and funny. Carvers usually add their own styles into the making of the clown, depending on what they see as funny or humiliating. Carving the clown gives the carver the opportunity to carve a piece of their personality into the doll.

Clown Kaisale Kaisale is an interesting clown with many colorful stripes on his body. His actions are similar to the Tsuku, Hopi clown, but his acts are more outrageous. For example, he would eat a watermelon by putting his face in it. This act is a favorite among the audience. With this clown and others the artist has an opportunity to put his own sense of humor and style into making the doll.
Cold-Bringing Woman Horo or Yohozro Wuhti Horo is originally a Tewa Kachina. Some people call it Horo, but it is more commonly known as Yohozro Wuhti, the Cold-Bringing Woman. Her purpose is as her name goes, to bring the cold or the whiteness of winter to the Hopi. She is mostly seen during Powamu on First Mesa. Horo is seen carrying a comb, which she uses to mess up people?s hair when she appears with Nuvak?china. Horo is dressed in mainly white clothing to represent the white seen in winter.
Comanche Komanshi

The Komanshi or Comanche Kachina is originally not Hopi, but was converted to a Hopi Kachina. It represents a neighboring tribe of the Hopi's, which is the Comanche Tribe. Komanshi and many other now Kachinas are used to represent the people of different tribes. These Kachinas are usually seen as social dance figures when they participate in dances.

Corn Dancer Ka-e The Ka-e or Corn Dancer is probably the most popular of all the kachinas. They appear in the Kiva Dances, Plaza Dances and Mixed Dances. He represents a prayer for the fruition and growth of corn. His costume is similar to the designs of the eastern pueblos with distinguishable horizontally crossed feathers on the crown.
Corn Planter Koroasta The Koroasta or Corn Planter Kachina is a Rio Grande Keresan Kachina where he is known as Akorosta. He appears during dances carring a stick (used for planting) and seeds! He influences the growth of corn and is usually seen carrying corn kernels in his sack!
Cow Wakas The Cow or Wakas Kachina is a recent addition into the Hopi roster of kachinas. It started around the turn of the century, and it was introduced by a Hano man on First Mesa. Its name derived from the Spanish name for cows: ?vaca?. During the dance, villagers would take a feather from him to put into their houses and corrals so that it could increase their stock of cattle.
Crazy Rattle Tuskiapaya The Tuskiapaya or Crazy Rattle Kachina is a runner. Tuskiapaya can be seen carrying yucca sticks, which he uses to whip any one who loses a race. To the winner, the Tuskiapaya gives him piki bread as a reward. This kachina appears mainly during spring dances to run with the men of the villages.
Cricket Susopa Although the Susopa or Cricket is a runner kachina, some villagers say that is a kiva dancer. They say that he appears in the Kiva Dance at night. He is one of the few kachinas that are known to dance empty handed. The Cricket Kachina usually appears with a black bandolier, cricket antennas, and he wears a kilt made of plaid shoulder blanket.
Crow Angwusi The Angwusi or Crow Kachina is usually seen teaming up with the Lizard Kachinas and the Owl Kachinas during the Soyohim Ceremany. Their main function is to keep the clowns in line. He would join the other kachinas in chastising the actions of the clown until the clowns got too far. Then, he would punish them with the whips he carries. All animals are an important part of the Hopi culture, they are believed to provide guidance, health, and protection.
Crow Mother Angwusnasomtaka The Crow Mother or Angwusnasomtaka Kachina is considered by many Hopis to be the "mother" of all Kachinas. She is a figure of great dignity. She appears during the Powamu Dance on all three mesas, during the initiation ceremony for the children. As each child is brought in for the ceremony, the Crow Mother supervises the initiation in the kiva.. She would supply a whip to the Hu Kachinas who would then, gives each child four healthy strokes. The children are then rewarded with a prayer feather and a meal before leaving the kiva. Kachina dolls of Crow Mother were plenty twenty years ago but are not as commonly made today.
Cumulus Cloud Tukwinong The Tukwinong or Cumulus Cloud Kachina represents the prayer for rain. It is a prayer for heavy rain that would nourish the fields. His helmet represents the white clouds, and the feathers covering his face represent rainfall. The mask behind the feathers is usually white with black rectangular eyes. His three, semi circle shapes on his head lies parallel from front to back. But this appearance is different on First Mesa. On First Mesa, he appears without feathers covering his face. The Tukwinong always carries a jug of water and is always barefoot.
Cumulus Cloud Girl Tukwinong Mana The Cumulus Cloud Girl or Tukwinong Mana is the sister of the Cumulus Cloud Kachina. The sister and brother are rarely seen and appear only during the Hopi Salako. Besides the helping of her brother, her function is not really known. Her body is usually a bluish-gray color which is made of the mud the is pulled up from the bottom of springs. She is usually seen carrying a bowl full of meal, which is sometimes divided into directional Hopi colors. The colors of the face and the headdress vary from mesa to mesa.
Death Fly Mastop The Mastop or Death Fly Kachina is the second Kachina to appear on the Third Mesa only. He always arrives in pairs on the next to last day of the Soyal Ceremony. He represents a prayer of fertility for the Hopi women from their dead Hopi ancestors. In pairs, they would seek women from child to the very oldest, grab their shoulders from behind, and make a series of small hops indicating copulation. All Hopi women do not shy away from his embrace because it is a serious fertility rite.
Deer Woman Sowi-ing Mana

The Deer Maiden or Sowi-ing Kachina Mana has many similarities between with the Antelope Kachina Mana. The Deer Kachina Mana's dance is a prayer for more rain and for more deer. When she appears, she is often accompanied by the Deer Kachina., and is usually impersonated by a man. All animals are an important part of the Hopi culture, they are believed to provide guidance, health, and protection.

Disheveled Motsin The Motsin or Disheveled Kachina is a guard, but is more known as a community leader. He enforces the attendance of the people to any community work parties. Carrying whatever tools he needs to enforce with (usually carries a rope in one hand and another tool in the other), he would take all the necessary actions needed to get his job done. He used to wear striped or torn out shirts, but now, carvers have made him in better clothing. Still, he usually appears black faced, with warrior pahos on his head, and feathers all around his ears.
Dog Poko

The Dog or Poko Kachina is a spirit which represents all domestic animals.  It is a very old Kachina, and it is very important, as it is believed to be the first domesticated animal. His importance and functions are: friendship, protection, and sheep herding. Sometimes the Dog is considered to be a hunter. He is normally dressed as a line dancer.  The dog itself can vary in costume and appearance because there are so many different types of dogs. 

Dragonfly Sivuftotovi The Sivuftotovi or the Dragonfly Kachina is usually seen carrying a yucca whip in one hand and a jar of corn smut (dark in color). Other times he is seen carrying just the yucca whips. He is a runner or racer. Sivuftotovi would race his opponent and once he beat them he would either beat them with his yucca whip or smear them with the corn smut! This Kachina can be seen in many different variations depending on the village it came from!
Dress Kwasa-itaka

The Kwasa-itaka or Dress Kachina is the Hopi version of the Zuni Koroasta. He is referred to as the Dress Kachina because he usually wears a woman?s dress without a belt. The lines around his face are meant to represent the colors of the rainbow. He has influence over the growth of the corn crop, and distributes seeds to spectators during the ceremony.

Eagle Kwahu The Eagle or Kwahu appears in the Kiva Dances in March, or during the Powamu Ceremony. His dance resembles the eagle's motion of flight. The dance is also a prayer for more eagles. Each dancer is pressured to imitate every step and cry of the eagle to absolute perfection. Eagles are honored guests among the Hopis and they are given gifts just as the Hopi children are. At midsummer, they are ceremonially smothered and plucked of all their plumage. Although Third Mesa portrays their Eagle Kachina with an all black body, Second Mesa's Eagle Kachina has a yellow and red body. Birds in general, have always played an important role in the Hopi ceremonies and tradition.
Earth God or Skeleton Masau?u Masau?u or Earth God (Skeleton) Kachina is the only kachina that does not go home after the final ceremony (Niman Ceremony) of the season. He controls both the surface of the earth and the land of the Underworld. On earth, he gives the Hopi their land, their honor, and blesses them on their travels. In the Underworld, he controls the passage of the dead and the movements of the kachinas emerging from the Underworld into the world of the living. He does many things in reverse because the world of the dead is the reverse of this world. He may come down a ladder backwards, or perform other actions in reverse. Occasionally, he may appear as a pair and start behaving wildly. They would sing loudly, beat on the kiva hatchways with willow switches, and dance around the fires of the cooking pits. Sometimes they would even walk through the fires.
Fire God Shulawitsi The Shulawitsi or Fire God is mostly seen portrayed by a boy. He looks after the Sun and fire. Shulawitsi is not a hunter, although he is sometimes carrying a bow and arrow. He knows how to hunt and all about the animals, but does not practice hunting. He is sometimes also seen carrying his game (rabbit,deer, etc.) over his shoulder. The Shulawitsi is very close in appearance to the Kokosori, but they are not the same. He is usually seen in the Mixed Dance with Zuni Kachinas.
Fish Pakiokwik The Pakiokwik or Fish Kachina is a mysterious Kachina because very little is known of this Kachina, except for the belief that it is a very old one from First Mesa. The total lack of fish on the Hopi mesas would lead one to believe that it originates in one of the pueblos along the Rio Grande.
Fly Sohonasomtaka The Fly or Sohonasomtaka Kachina can be a Chief, Guard, or Hunter depending on the ceremony. He may also appear as a warrior who punishes the clowns when they get out of hand during the ceremonies. Insects and animals offer advice and teach life to the Hopi people. As a guard he would protect and keep ceremonies from outsider intrusions.
Frog Paqua or Pauataga The Frog or Paqua (Pauataga) is a rarely seen Kachina. Its purpose is to bring rain and more Frogs. When he is making noises, he is calling out for rain. The Frog Kachina and other reptile Kachinas are a very important part of the Hopi way as all animals are an important part of the Hopi culture, they are believed to provide guidance, health, and protection. This Kachina is a new addition to the Hopi Kachinas. No one knows for sure where it came from, it is probably a Water clan Kachina, although he is believed to be a coming-to-the -clowns Kachina, and appears in dances like the Pig and Mouse Kachina.
Germination God Ahola The Ahola or Germination God plays a major role in the Hopi culture. He controls the growth and reproduction of all things. He is the oldest of the Kachina Clan. He is an important chief Kachina for both First and Second Mesa, because he opens the Powamu ceremony with a kiva performance on the first night. He is the Solstice or Return Kachina, as well as the Sun Kachina. Most Hopi women would place seeds of corn at the door of the kiva before the Ahola appears so that his presence blesses the seeds to be reproductive. He visits each of the kivas to offer strength for the up coming year. At the end of the ceremony, Ahola descends to a shrine where he bows four times to the Sun and asks for long life, good health, happiness, and good crops for his children.
Giant Chaveyo  The Chaveyo or Giant Kachina is a threatening kachina who appears at anytime in the spring to punish or discipline, whenever the youngsters are bad. If any Hopi person fails to meet what is required of him in work or breaks the rules of conduct for a village, Chaveyo will let them know about it and punish them for it. He is represented in almost every village, and is usually seen in the Powamu or Water Serpent Dance, and often seen with the Soyoko (Ogre's) of First Mesa assisting them in their role. The Giant Kachina is a favorite of kachina carvers. Interestingly enough, the most often stance carved of this kachina is when he is lifting the hair out of eyes so that he can see who is bedeviling him.
Grandfather Tasap Yeibichai Tasap Yeibichai is the grandfather of the Navajo Kachina, and is one of the more enjoyable features of the Navajo Kachina Dance. He does not speak; instead he acts out ?in a comical way? whatever he wants. He starts the dance, acting as a leader in both the singing and the dancing. His dance step is a sort of Lively exaggeration, with the occasional pause for comic relief, such as a request for food ? mountains of food. All of his acts are done in pantomimes that make the audience laugh.
Grand Mother Hahai-I Wuhti The Hahai-I Wuhti or Grand Mother Kachina is a also known as the Pour Water Woman or Mother Earth. Like the Crow Mother Kachina, the Hahaii Wuhti is also known as the mother of all Kachinas. Although the role of mother has separate associations, she still is in many important ceremonies like the Hopi Shalako, the Water Serpent, the Soyoko and the Powamu. Her personality is as colorful as a sprightly Hopi grandmother. Some Hopis say that she is Eototo's wife and plays a supporting role in his presence. Some also say that she is the dominating and demanding mother to the Nataska Kachinas. In that role, she is the wife of the Chaveyo Kachina, and would be very threatening if her hunger for meat is not fulfilled. On Third Mesa, she plays another role. She offers the children somiviki, a Hopi food, and then would pour water over their head as a blessing. In addition to being the mother of monsters and Kachinas, she is also known as the mother of dogs. Her doll is often given as the first gifts to babies and as a symbol to captive eagles.
Great Horned Owl Mongwa or Mongwu

The Great Horned Owl or Mongwa (sometimes spelled Mongwu) is a very popular Kachina carving. The creativity of some carvers in making the head of the Great Horned Owl is always interesting. This owl is a popular Kachina among carvers because of the many possibilities of carving it. The Mongwa Kachina is famous for his disciplinary battles with the clowns. Whenever the clowns' behavior becomes too outrageous, they are disciplined by him. To keep their outrageous antics from interrupting the ceremony, the owl supervises the clowns during many of the ceremonies. Mongwa would usually watch the clowns with a heavy, disapproving stare. When a clown does get out of order, he would leap upon the clown, catch him, douse him with water, and beat him with his yucca blades. It is a ritual that this event takes place during the ceremony.

Guard Heoto

The Heoto Kachina is in a category of Kachinas that can either be considered as warriors, or guards.  Individually, the Heoto may function as a policeman.   Over the years many of these functions have been lost.  Heoto appears in the Kiva Dances, Powamu, Soyohim, and Plaza Dances.  He has some relation to the Chawaina Kachina.  He may have originated from Zuni.  In the Bean Dance Parade and during Initiation years at the Pachavu Ceremony, he functions a guard.

Guard Woman Heoto Mana The Heoto Mana Kachina is in a category of Kachinas that can either be considered as warriors, or gaurds. Individually, the Heoto mana may function as a policewoman. Over the years, many of these original functions have been lost. The Heoto Mana, and the Heoto may have both come from the Zuni tribe. The Heoto Mana appears everywhere with Heoto and dances on all three mesas. Her function is similar to that of He-e-e, the Warrior Maiden Kachina. She also acts as a guard in some places.
Hair Cutter Hemsona The Hemsona or Hair Cutter is a runner kachina. Whenever he beats a challenger in a race, he would grab him, hold him to the ground and cut off a knot of his hair. Therefore, he races with a pair of shears or scissors or a knife in his hand. Another legend states that he used to be a killer hired by the Walpi Indians to murder the son of the Sikyatki (the chief?s son) during a race. The Hemsona cut the chief?s son?s throat when he caught him. From then on, the Hemsona is hampered in future races, because he is handicapped with a mask and a heavier costume. This would hopefully prevent him from winning more races. Hemsona kachina can be seen on all three mesas.
Horse Kawai-i The Horse or Kawai-i Kachina got its name from the Spanish word for horse, caballo. This is not an old Kachina. It was introduced in the early 1900?s. Kawai-i appears in the Soyohim Ceremony, the Mixed Kachina Dances, the Bean Dance, and the Kiva Dances. The horse Kachina is seen far less today, than a few years ago.
Tewa Girl Hano Mana Hano Mana or Tewa Girl is given to the girls of Tewa similar to the way the Hahai I is given to the Hopi girls by the men of their villages. She appears in the Bean Dance on the Second Mesa and in the Water Serpent Ceremony on the First Mesa. Usually, she wears a maiden shawl and has her hair put up in Tewa-style knot. The doll is a favorite for the first or second gift for the children.
Hornet Tatangaya

The Hornet or Tatangaya Kachina is a colorful Kachina giving the presumption that the doll is of Zuni origin, and was adopted into the Hopi culture.  Insects and reptiles are an important part of Hopi traditions.  There are two different types of Hornet Kachinas; one is seen in First Mesa, while the other which is completely different in appearance is seen in all the other Mesas. 

Hummingbird Tocha The Tocha or Hummingbird Kachina is a frequently made kachina. It appears during Kiva Dances in the winter, and during the Soyohim Dances in the spring. When it enters a kiva, it usually dances by bobbing its head and making calls like the humming bird. Then, it moves rapidly around the kiva like a hummingbird would. During a dance, when it catches an individual, it whips him or her with yucca leaves. This kachina often appears as a runner because it is fast.
Hump-Backed Flute Player Kokopelli The Kokopelli or Hump-Backed Flute Player Kachina is probably the most popular kachina a of all. His images are found everywhere in the southwest. The Kokopelli is thought of as a Flute Player, but only when he borrows a flute to dance. Kokopelli is believed to be a seducer of women, and a bringer of babies. He only appears in the Mixed Kachina Dances and sometimes he appears in the Night Dance.
Left Handed Siyangephoya The Left Handed or Siyangephoya Kachina is known as the only Kachina with all his gear reversed. He is also known as an excellent hunter. Some say he originated from the Hualapai Indians, others say that he came from the Chemehuevi. The Left Handed appears in the Mixed Dance, and the Powamu Ceremony. Sometimes he acts as a prompter, and sometimes he dances by making strange bobbing-mincing steps at the edge of the procession. 
Lizard Monongya The Monongya or Lizard Kachina is one of the warrior kachinas. It helps make sure that the Hopi clown does not go too far or get out of hand. He would be involved in punishing or chastising the clowns. The Monongya represents a particular species of lizard called the Crotophytus. That particular species is chosen because it is very fast, and it is represented using the bright color of turqoise. The Lizard Kachina appears in the Mixed Dance and in the Powamu Ceremony.
Long-Haired Angak'china  The Long-Haired or Angak'china Kachina is one of the most favored Kachinas among the Hopis. They are appreciated because of the melodious songs and the beautiful dances that they do in the spring. The main purpose of the Angak'china is to bring rain to the people and their crops. Their long hair, which is worn loosely down the back, resembles the falling rain with the eagle breast plumes rising like clouds above it. These kachinas appear in the Niman Ceremony on First Mesa
Long-Billed Wupamo

The Long-Billed Kachina or Wupamo is a guard. He carries whips to keep every everyone in their proper place. He is usually found during the Powamu procession circling from the sides or swinging in from the rear. He keeps onlookers clear of the procession route and controls the clown?s boundaries. Wupamo is also known as a healer. Those who are suffering from any sickness may request aid from him by allowing him to strike whichever body part affected with his whip.

Marble Player or Gambler Qoqole The Qoqole Kachina (also known as the Marble Player, or Gambler) can be seen during the Soyal ceremony on Third Mesa. He is accompanied by his mana, and is usually seen in groups of Qoqole. He opens the Kivas, so other Kachinas can visit the village. They combine pleasure with the rituals they perform, but are sure to get their job done. Often times, Qoqole is seen shooting marbles. The thing that separates the Qoqole from other dolls is that, he wears old Anglo clothing, and can be seen in many different colors, as the colors represent directions.
Mocking Kwikwilyaka

The Mocking or Kwikwilyaka Kachina is a clown Kachina whose comedy niche is mimicking anything in his sight. He would entertain the crowd by reflecting the personality of anybody he sees and would not stop until he finds a more interesting victim to make fun of. He is usually seen in the Bean Dance, and he competes with the Ho-E Kachina for attention from the crowd. The Mocking Kachina has hair made up of cedar bark. To get rid of the Mocking Kachina, the Ho-E Kachinas would sometimes light the Mocking Kachinas cedar bark hair on fire.

Mud Head Koyemsi The Koyemsi or Mud Head is the most popular Kachina among the Hopi people because they appear in all of the ceremonies. He usually accompanies most Kachinas during the ceremonies, and they come as clowns, announcers of dances, drummers and singers. The Koyemsi is usually the one who play games, like guessing games and balancing acts, with the children in the audience.
Morning Singer Talavai The Talavai or Morning Singer Kachina?s function has changed over the years. He used to appear in pairs, stand on rooftops, and sing at dawn to wake the villagers; hence, the name of Early Morning Singer Kachina. Now, although they still sing in pairs, they are just seen standing on the side of the main Powamu procession. They will only sing occasionally. They usually sing while holding their spruce trees, and ringing their bells. The Morning Singer wears the red and white maiden?s robe, which is typical of any kachina that appears in the early morning.
Mountain Lion Toho The Mountain Lion or Toho Kachina appears at Pachavu often accompanied by the Deer Kachina. During this event, Toho appears as a guard and patrols the procession with yucca whips. During the Line Dance, he is a side dancer who carries a talavaiyi, a cane with eagle feathers and red horsehair fringe in his hands. Toho is quite famous nowadays compared to its rarity five years ago.
Old Man Wuwuyomo The Wuwuyomo or Old Man Kachinas are called that because they are very ancient. They may also be known as Mong or Chief Kachinas. They always appear in groups of 4 during the during the Powamu ceremony.
Ogre Nataska The Nataska or Ogre Kachina is part of the fearsome team that accompany the Soyoko when she terrorizes the children. He usually comes as a pair, standing behind the Soyoko when she bargains for the lives of the children. He would stomp his feet and drags his saw in order to intimidate the children. Stories states that he would seek children and snatch them home to eat them. Together with his dark clothing and broad face, the children are very petrified of him during the ceremonies. The feathered fan on his headdress is made of turkey feathers and is placed together to make him look even taller.
Ogre Man Awatovi or Awatovi Soyok?Taka The Awatovi or Awatovi Soyok?Taka Or Ogre Man is believed to originate from the destroyed town of Awatovi. He is seldom impersonated. He performs similar functions as the Nataska, like standing beside the Ogre Woman, and putting food into his basket. The food is what the Ogre has gathered from the villagers. During the actions of the Ogre Woman, he would stand by her side, while stomping and grumbling to scare children. Usually, he would wear a black breechclout rather than an embroidered kilt. Also, his calves and forearm are often covered with black or red spots.
Ogre Woman Soyoko or Soyok? Wuhti The Soyoko (Soyok? Wuhti) or Ogre Woman appears during the Powamu ceremony.  She threatens the lives of the children who are naughty.  She carries a blood-smeared knife and a long jangling crook, shouting ?Soyoko?-u-u-u?.  When she catches a naughty child, she would hold him for ransom.  Then she would bargain with a relative of the child, for the ransom.  In some villages she leads the procession of ogres while in others, she remains on the side making threatening gestures to children. 
Quail Kawaspi The Quail or Kawaspi Kachina was given a second life when it was revive in the late 1960s. It started from a dream of a Hopi man who performed it in a dance, and it sparked renewed interest in the doll. Although many varieties have been made since then, they still stick to the original style and form, which still exist in an Eastern museum. Animals are teachers, advisors, and doctors to the Hopi people.
Paralyzed Tuhavi Tuhavi or the Paralyzed Kachina is tale of a man who is Paralyzed and a man who is blind. Together they completed each others needs. The Tuhavi is the paralyzed man, while normally the blind man is the Mud Head (Koyemsi). The Mud Head becomes the Paralyzed Kachina?s legs, and the Paralyzed Kachina becomes the Mud Head?s eyes. Together, they are able to hunt and live. They appear together in the Mixed Dance.
Parrot Kyash The Parrot or Kyash Kachina disappeared in the early years of its history but reappeared again around 1965 on Second Mesa. It was given a dance in the Water Serpent Ceremony on First Mesa and the Line Dance on Second Mesa. The purpose of this kachina is to bring summer growth and attract more parrots
Prickly Pear Leaf Navuk-china The Navuk-china or Prickly Pear Leaf Kachina is an old Kachina who appears in the Mixed dances. The cactus that he represents was used as food by the Hopi in the past. He is sometimes accompanied by his sister Kachina Navuk-chin Mana. He also carries a pad of cactus on his head or on a stick when he appears.
 Priest Killer No one knows for sure exactly what the Priest Killer story is, but it is believed that he appeared around the time that the Spanish came to the Hopi people. When the Spaniards came they tried to preach their religion to the Hopi's, so the Hopi people revolted, and started burning churches that the Spaniards had built and killing any priest who would not leave. The story can be told slightly differently in almost every village.
Rattle Snake Situlili Situlili or Rattle Snake is a common Kachina in Second Mesa. His name means is Zuni for Rattlesnake. It also could be associated to the tinklers that he has on the bottom of his skirt. His helmet is large and his face may appear in many different colors, but the colors of either brown and yellow are most common. He is a guard during the Powamu Ceremony. He dances in sudden movements, and he pauses at times to survey his surroundings.
Red Bearded Tawa Angak'china  The Red Bearded or Tawa Angak'china Kachina is one of the most favored Kachinas among the Hopis. They are appreciated because of the melodious songs and the beautiful dances that they do in the spring. The main purpose of the Angak'china is to bring rain to the people and their crops. Their long hair, which is worn loosely down the back, resembles the falling rain with the eagle breast plumes rising like clouds above it. These kachinas appear in the Niman Ceremony on First Mesa
Red Skirt Runner Palavikuna The Palavikuna Kachina is also known as the Red Skirt Runner. He carries yucca whips, as do most of the runner Kachinas, and he also offer piki bread as a reward to those who beat him in a race.
Red-Tailed Hawk Palkwayo The Red-Tailed Hawk or Palkwayo is both a warrior and a hunter. He is a Chief Kachina, which appears in the Pachavu ceremony on second and Third Mesas. Over time he has amost disappeared in some villages. On Third Mesa he is one of the more important Kachinas. In the Pachavu at Oraibi, he gathers with He-e-e amongst a group of Kahcinas for her procession into the village.
Road Runner Hospoa The Hospoa or Road Runner Kachina appears usually in the Mixed Dance or Kiva Dance. The kachina is often used to solicit rain, to guard against witchcraft, and to attract more road runners . Road runners are desired because their feathers are used to make certain kind of prayer plumes.
Scavenger

The Scavenger is a rare figure that depicts a looter from the ruins of Awatowi. After the war in Awatowi, the scavenger would go around picking up any worthy things left behind. Presently, the scavenger accompanies the Ogre Woman during the ceremonies. After the Ogre woman receives all the things she wanted, the scavenger would pick up everything else that would not fit in the Ogre Woman's basket. He is considered by some to be a part of the Ogre family.

Screech Owl Hotsko The Screech Owl or Hotsko is one of the many birds that participate in the Kiva Dances of the Powamu. But the Hotsko only appears on First Mesa because he is rarely seen on Second and Third Mesa. He is a hunter who has evolved, according to stories, from a hunter of wild animals to a hunter who threatens the domestic barn animals of farmers. This Owl and animals in general, are very important to the Hopi people. Animals are teachers, advisors, and doctors.
Snake Dancer Chusona The Snake Dancer or Chusona is not a kachina but rather a society personage. It has always had an intense fascination for the non-Hopi and therefore, its effigies had been carved for many years. It is a sacred Kachina which is rarely carved.
Snipe Patszro The Snipe or Patszro Kachina appears in the Kiva Dances before and after the important Powamu ceremony. His function is about the same as all other bird Kachinas that appear around this time. Animals are teachers, advisors, and doctors to the Hopi people.
Squash Patung A favorite to many collectors, the Patung or Squash Kachina is a runner from First Mesa but is originally Zuni. He is a Chief Kachina in the Pumpking Clan. Carvers make many version of this doll and most still follow the basic form of him holding a flower in his right hand and a yucca whip in his left.
Sun Tawa or Dawa

The spirit of the Sun lies in the Sun or Tawa (Dawa) Kachina. The Sun Kachina usually carries a spruce tree in his left hand and a bell in his right. When he appears in the Mixed Dance he caries a flute in his left hand, and is rarely impersonated. The Sun Kachina has many different stories relating to his relationship with people, animals, and monsters. Strikingly, the Sun Kachina does not appear in the major ceremonies.

Turkey Koyona The Koyona or Turkey Kachina dances with the other birds in the kivas at night or during the Mixed Dances of spring. He is from First Mesa and is a very rare. Birds or animals in general, are very important in the Hopi culture. Animals are advisors, healers, and hunters to the Hopi people. The Hopi have learned a lot from animals.
Turtle Maiden or Woman Kahaila Kachina Mana The Turtle Maiden or Kahaila Kachina Mana is accompanied by Kahaila during the ceremonies. This maiden, like others, is simply a Kachin Mana, but because it accompanies Kahaila, it also picks up his name. Also, the face of the Mana is painted differently. The Kahaila Kachin Mana is usually impersonated by a male. The Turtle Maiden is very rarely carved into a Kachina. All animals and mammals are an important part of the Hopi culture, they are believed to provide guidance, health, and protection.
Velvet Shirt Navan The Navan or Velvet Shirt Kachina is a new Kachina. It was introduced in the 1900?s to the Hopi culture. He is believed to have come from the village of Moenkopi. Navan usually appears in the Kiva Dances. He is seen wearing ribbons and bright colors. He is a very colorful Kachina. The name Velvet Shirt comes from the shirt he is seen wearing.
Yellow Corn Maiden or Woman Takursh Mana The Takursh Mana or Yellow Corn Maiden appears with Angak'china, Ma'alo, Pawik and other Kachinas. They dance in a line separate from the other line Kachinas, but following the same pattern of turns and gestures. The Takursh Mana does make one different move. She kneels and places a large gourd on the ground to rasp. She usually carries a scapula and a notched stick, which produce a sound with different tones like a music instrument.
Water Drinking Girl Palhik Mana Palhik Mana or Water Drinking Girl is often seen grinding corn, while sometimes she is seen with colorful plants and birds. She brings rain creating life, whether it is corn or animals, and is thought very highly of to the Hopi. The Palhik Mana is often mistaken for the Poli Mana and the Salako Mana. The Palhik Mana's functions are very similar to both the Poli Mana and the Salako Mana. It is one of the most deceptive dolls. Like the Poli Mana she is the dancing partner of the Poli Kachina in Third Mesa. Also, like the Salako Mana she either is the dancing partner of the Salako Taka or the corn-grinding maid during the Puppet Dances. Some people believe that the Salako Mana and the Poli Mana are the same. Palhik Mana is impersonated by both men and women during the dances depending on what mesa they are being portrayed.
Warrior Ahote

The Ahote is a hunter that originates from the Plains Indians, but has been adopted into the Hopi culture. He comes in two colors; yellow or blue. His long and trailing eagle?s feather headdress resembles a Plains Indian warrior. The colorful triangular patch with pendant colored circles between the eyes, represent the flowers of spring. Ahote appears in the Mixed Dance and the Plaza Dance. Sometimes, he carries a roast or boiled corn to give to the audience during his performance.

Warrior Mouse The Warrior Mouse Kachina is a central figure in Hopi folktale. He is not a dance figure at all , but rather the hero of a Second Mesa legend. A mouse undertook to rid the village of a pesky chicken hawk. He did that by taunting the hawk and tricking him to dive into a stake and impale himself. The Warrior Mouse, as he is called, is not to be confused with the any other folktale mice. The mouse and other animals have always played an important role in the Hopi ceremonies and tradition. Hopi's believe that through animals, one can learn many things about life.
Warrior Woman He?e?e or He Wuhti The Warrior Woman (Maiden) or He?e?e (He Wuhti) can either be a man dressed as a woman or a woman using men?s equipment depending where you hear the story. For the story of the man, the story states that he did not have enough time to find his clothes when the enemies approached, so he had to wear his bride?s costume to quickly fight them. As for the woman, they say that she was just finishing doing her hair with her mother when she saw the enemies approaching. With only one side of her hair complete, she snatched up her bow and arrow, and proceeded to defend her village until the men returned from the field. Despite the differences in stories, the He Wuhti function as a warrior spirit that leads a band of warrior kachinas to protect the procession of the Pachavu ceremony.
Whipper Hu or Tungwup The Hu Kachina (Tungwup) Whipper Kachina appears noisily during the Bean Dance in order to help the Crow Mother initiate the children. He usually appears in pairs, and they would initiate each child with four solid blows with the yucca whip given by the Crow Mother. This is a gesture of purification or intiation into a Kachina Clan. Then, they dismiss each child with prayer feathers and cornmeal. When the ceremony is completed, they whip each other first, and then, they whip the Crow Mother before disappearing from the kiva as noisily as they entered.
Whipper's Uncle Tungwup Ta-amu The Tungwup Ta-amu Kachina or Whipper's Uncle Kachina does not appear with the Hu or other Tungwup Kachinas. He is usually seen guarding the Bean Dance Parade. His main function is to be a guard at ceremonies. The Whippers Uncle is unlike the other Whipper Kachinas, in that he is never whipping or punishing children, nor is involved in the initiation process. Most people would confuse the Whipper and Tungwup Kachinas, in that they are very similar in appearance, yet their functions are slightly different. Whipper Kachinas are often carved slightly different depending on which village the carver comes from.
White Buffalo Dancer Kocha Mosairu The White Buffalo Dancer or Kocha Mosairu is not a Kachina, but rather a social dancer. It is usually seen in ceremonies in January on First Mesa. It is a doll that most carvers do not mind doing as part of their repertoire. His popularity began from the works of Alvin James Makya who made one of the first dolls. It is now a favorite among collectors. All animals are an important part of the Hopi culture, they are believed to provide guidance, health, and protection.
White Chin Tuma-uyi Tuma-uyi or White Chin Kachina is amongst the oldest known Hopi Kachinas around today. The word Tuma-uyi means White Chin. He got that name because he has a very colorful face, but his chin is painted white. This Kachina?s main function is unknown. He is now rarely seen in ceremonies.
Witch or Guard Hilili The origin of Hilili is believed to be from the Zuni Tribe. In the Acoma and Laguna pueblos he is known as Heleleka. His name comes from the call or noise that he makes. When he first came to the Hopi , people were very suspicious of him. Hilili was known as Powak or the Witch Kachina. Now, he is a Guard Kachina, who is mainly seen holding Yucca whips. He has become a popular guard at the ceremonies due to his dancing style. He can bee seen in the Powamu and Night dances.
Wolf Kweo The Kweo or Wolf kachina is often seen in dances accompanied by the Deer kachina or Mountain Sheep kachina during the Soyohim Dances. He carries a stick that represents the trees and bushes that he uses to hide in whenever he stalks his prey. During ceremonies the Wolf Kachina?s sharp teeth are always visible along with its lolling tongue. They are made visible to boast the wolf?s prowess as a hunter. When he appears in the dance with the Deer or Mountain Sheep, they are always wary of him because of their natural relationship as hunter and prey. After the dance, it is customary for the Hopis to offer the Kweo Kachina cornmeal, and in return, the Kweo Kachina blesses them on their hunt.

 

 

 

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