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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Badger (Hototo) Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Type:Ceremonial
Materials:cottonwood root, fur, shells, yarn, cotton, feathers, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 10 1/2 in.; 26.67 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1985.38.13
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
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Description:
This Badger kachina has a red face with painted yellow, blue, and white designs. He wears a feather headpiece, as well as a fur neckpiece. His eyes are painted, while his snout is carved and reveals jagged teeth. His black and white body wears a crisscrossed chest sash that features shells. On each arm is an armband, as well as a blue yarn bracelet and a decorated cuff. His white "kilt" is plain and includes a cotton sash, a black pouch with red and green yarn, and a patterned sash. At the ends of his black legs are fringed red shoes. He holds a blue gourd rattle in his hand. He is dancing on top of a wooden stand, and was likely made for tourist consumers. AP2018

Tags:
ceremonies; animals; kachina dolls; badgers

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