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Maker(s):Dukepoo, Buddy Lewis (possibly)
Culture:Native American; Hopi (possibly) (b. unknown-d. unknown)
Title:Black Ogre (Nataska) Kachina
Date Made:1930s-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, yarn, felt, leather, shells, fur, feathers, metal, hair, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Third Mesa (possibly); Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 11 7/8 in.; 30.1625 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.17
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This distinctive Black Ogre kachina is known for his turkey feather headpiece, blackened face (complete with red ears, carved eyes, and jagged teeth), and tattered cloak or "cape" that he wears around his bare chest. He also dons a fur neckpiece, numerous arm cuffs, a black yarn bracelet, and a turquoise belt that holds a black loincloth. His hands are decorated with red and white designs, while his legs feature decorations and his feet wear short, fringed shoes. Although missing with this particular kachina, the Black Ogre usually appears holding a sharpened saw or sword, as well as a yucca stick--to threaten children with. He does not stand upon a wooden platform, meaning that he may have been carved for personal Hopi religious use, rather than for a tourist economy. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls; mythology

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