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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Velvet Shirt (Navan) Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, velvet, leather, wood, yarn, feathers, plastic, ribbon, fur, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 17 1/2 in.; 44.45 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.6
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

The Velvet Shirt kachina, carved out of a cottonwood root, is decorated with a black velvet shirt, red, yellow, and white ribbons that dangle from his neck, a black wristband and a black yarn bracelet, a fancifully patterned "kilt" (complete with an orange sash), black leggings, and red boots. His skin is painted white, and he carries a gourd rattle in one hand, along with a wooden bow and a Douglas Fir or Juniper branch in his other hand. He is shown dancing, and wears a Douglas Fir or Juniper neckpiece, as well as a brightly colored headpiece decorated with feathers and flowers (symbolizing his role in bringing rain for plants). His red ears are adorned with earrings, and his red face depicts painted black eyes and a carved mouth shaped as an "o." Down his back trails a fur pelt. The Velvet Shirt kachina stands atop a wooden platform, signaling his function as a tourist trade item. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls

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