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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Navajo (Tasaf) Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, yarn, feathers, imitation fur, plastic, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 13 in.; 33.02 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.9
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This carved Navajo Tasaf kachina has a red feather headpiece on top of his gray head (with painted eyes and a yellow beak), a Douglas Fir or Juniper neckpiece, a red sash across his chest (painted with white vertical stripes), two white arm bands, two black yarn bracelets, a white wool sash around his waist, a decorated white apron, and red boots. Shown in motion atop a wooden platform, he holds a small gourd rattle and a branch of Douglas Fir or Juniper in his hands. He was sold for the tourist trade. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls

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