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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Mehmeh Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, yarn, fabric, feathers, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 10 1/2 in.; 26.67 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.19
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This kachina's face is split into a turquoise half and a yellow half, with a white spot representing his forehead. He has black yarn hair, as well as a small feather headpiece. With painted eyes and a carved mouth, the kachina wears a black yarn sash across his white and red painted chest. His arm, which carries a gourd rattle, features a black yarn bracelet. His other arm carries a Juniper or Douglas Fir branch (similar to the neckpiece that he wears). Around his waist is a rather simple, woven white sash, as well as a white (and somewhat decorated) apron. With white legs and white boots, he dances on top of a flat wooden stand. He was likely made for tourist consumers. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls

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