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Maker(s):LaCapa Jr., Leo
Culture:Native American; Hopi (1900s)
Title:Morning Singer (Talavai) Kachina
Date Made:1960s-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, felt, feathers, plastic, yarn, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:11 3/8 in.; 28.8925 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.18
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

The Morning Singer kachina displays a white "rayed" feather headdress atop his blue head. He has red ears, painted eyes, cloud motifs below his eyes, and a carved "o" shaped mouth. Around his neck is a Juniper or Douglas Fir wreath, with a colorful cloak around his back and painted blue and yellow designs down his chest. His multicolored arms include a black yarn bracelet and a cuff. His waist accoutrements include a red patterned sash, as well as a white patterned "kilt." Red boots are shown on his blue and yellow legs, whereas his hands hold a silver bell and a branch of Juniper or Douglas Fir. Shown signing and dancing on top of a wood platform, he was carved for the tourist trade. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls

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