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Phone: 866-426-6901

www.rivertradingpost.com

314 N. River Street

East Dundee, IL 60118

K

ACHINAS

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PIRITUAL

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ORMS

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REATION

Each year, the Kachinas leave

their mountain home to visit

the Hopi villages. The first

arrive in December to open up

the kivas and prepare them for

the rest of the Kachinas, who

follow in January or February

depending on the village.

During their stay at Hopi, the

kachinas bring messages and

special blessings from the spirit

world, and perform ceremonies

to improve the well being of the

people and their villages.

Because the Hopi are an agri-

cultural people, the majority of

ceremonies pertain to rain and

sun and other natural phenom-

ena which promote the growth

In the ancient Hopi culture, all

things in creation have both a

spiritual and a physical form

which provides a natural bal-

ance to nature.

Kachinas represent the spiritual

form of everything, including

stars, clouds, plants, animals,

insects, warriors, runners,

guards, clowns and ogres. The

exact number of Kachinas is

unknown because they evolve

(like the physical world) but it is

thought that there are over 400

of them.

According to the Hopi tradi-

tion, the Kachinas live in north-

west Arizona, west of Hopi in

the San Francisco Peaks.

of crops, and thus the prosper-

ity of the people.

In July, the Kachinas return

home to the San Francisco

Peaks and the Kachina season

is over.

Kachina dolls are the carved

wooden images of Kachinas.

They are given to Hopi children

as teaching aids and are hung

high on the walls in Hopi

homes.

RTP specializes in authentic

traditional Hopi kachina dolls.

Find them on our website and

in our galleries.

Arts of Native America

Kachina Dolls, such as the

Masau’u and Masau’u Mana,

above, represent a very special

part of our River Trading Post

collection. The pieces shown

above were created by Hopi

carver Wayland Namingah.