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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi (1941-)
Title:Eagle Dancer (Kwahu) Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, fur, feathers, imitation fur, leather, yarn, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 12 5/8 in.; 32.0675 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.3
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This Eagle Dancer kachina has a gray painted head with painted eyes, a carved beak, red ears, and a body painted with red, yellow, and gray. His arms (or, "wings") are outstretched, mimicking flight. Feathers are attached to his arms, as well as placed around his neck. A fur pelt is shown trailing down his back. The male kachina, identified by his lack of shirt and a white, detailed "kilt," also wears a sash and orange, yellow, and gray painted boots. On his head is a headband made of feathers and a green material that is meant to represent Juniper or Douglas Fir fronds. He stands on a wooden base, signaling that he was carved for tourist consumers. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; birds; kachina dolls; birds

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