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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
Materials:cottonwood root, canvas, feathers, plastic, yarn, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 19 1/4 in.; 48.895 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.7
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This Badger kachina is shown dancing with a striped canvas "cape" or robe around his shoulders. His body is painted red with yellow and gray vertical lines running down his chest, arms, and legs. Around his neck is a large Douglas Fir or Juniper "wreath," whereas his head is decorated with an elaborate feather headpiece. His face and ears, painted with black and white stripes, also feature painted eyes and a carved mouth. In one hand (with a black yarn bracelet), he holds a trio of bells or rattles, and his other hand (displaying a black cuff) holds a bow with Douglas Fir or Juniper fronds. His white "kilt" has numerous decorated patterns, as does his waist sash. One of his legs features a black yarn tie, and his shoes are red. He is dancing on top of a wooden stand, and was likely made for tourist consumers. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls; badgers

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