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Maker(s):Mumzewa, Earl
Culture:Native American; Hopi (1896-1973)
Title:Hemis Kachina
Date Made:1930s-1973
Materials:cottonwood root, feathers, yarn, wheat shafts, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Walpi; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:38 1/2 in.; 97.79 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1982.21.2
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This kachina is seen wearing a large wooden headpiece (tableta), in colors of turquoise, black, white, red, and yellow. The flat headpiece is decorated with feathers and plant fiber. The kachina's body, painted black, displays turquoise armbands, black feathers around the neck, a white and black yarn chest sash, and a white "kilt" accompanied by a trailing carved fur, green feathers, and a patterned sash around the waist. Brown and white fringed shoes are seen at the ends of the kachina's black legs. The kachina, not standing atop a wooden platform, was not made for the tourist trade and, instead, was used as a religious kachina. AP2018
Attempting to contact Hopi representative about this piece.Notes in files indicate that museum staff had been advised that all Kachinas with signatures were 'tourist trade' piece. AP's note above indicates this is not the case. DD 2022

ceremonies; food; agriculture; men

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