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Maker(s):Sahmie Nampeyo, Finkle
Culture:Native American; Hopi and Tewa (1948-)
Title:Butterfly Maiden (Palhik Mana) Kachina
Date Made:n.d.
Materials:wood, feathers, turquoise, heishi, cloth, yarn, metal, plastic, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 14 1/2 in.; 36.83 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1982.21.1
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

Kneeling while grinding corn in a white box, the Butterfly Maiden kachina is impeccably dressed. She wears a very large painted headpiece adorned with painted patterns and feathers, as well as a painted mask that is rarely associated with the kachina. Feathers protrude from her ears, which also feature heishi and turquoise earrings. Around her neck is a Navajo-style "squash blossom" necklace, made out of turquoise and silver. She wears a black dress with decoration, as well as a red belt and a white "cape" around her shoulders. Yellow yarn bracelets are seen on her wrists, and her hands are decorated with a zigzag pattern. While grinding corn, she sits atop a wooden base, signaling that she was carved for tourist consumers. Unlike newer Butterfly Maiden kachinas, she does not wear butterfly wings. AP2018

women; religion; food; ceremonies; kachina dolls

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