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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Lizard (Monongya) Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, fur, suede, yarn, wood, plastic, feathers, seashells, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 12 5/8 in.; 32.0675 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.5
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

The lizard kachina has a gray painted body, painted yellow eyes, a carved mouth with bared teeth, and red ears. In addition to a feather headpiece and neckpiece, he wears suede straps (decorated with seashells) across his chest, black and brown armbands, a black yarn bracelet, a white "kilt" (complete with a decorated sash, a studded belt, and a small felt/yarn pouch), and red shoes. A fur pelt trails down his back. He is carrying a small gourd rattle in one hand, with a wooden bow and dried Juniper or Douglas Fir bundle in the other. His posture signals movement, and he is displayed on a small wooden stand. This Lizard kachina was sold for the tourist trade. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls; lizards

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