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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Sun (Tawa) Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, leather, cloth, yarn, nuts, feathers, fur, cotton, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 12 7/8 in.; 32.7025 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1985.38.1
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This Sun kachina's head is decorated with red hair and feathers. His face displays red and yellow paint on his forehead, a serrated white border, and carved eyes/mouth on blue paint. Displaying a multicolored (red, blue, yellow, white) body, the kachina wears brown yarn bracelets and holds a gourd rattle and bell in either hand. Around his waist is a classic Hopi man's belt worn for kachina ceremonies--woven white cotton and decorated with a replica of a woven, dyed woolen sash. His white apron is also decorated with a pattern. Stepping in place, his feet wear shoes as he stands atop a wooden platform. He was made for a tourist audience. AP2018

ceremonies; kachina dolls

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