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Maker(s):Youvella, Celestino (Tino)
Culture:Native American; Hopi, Tewa, and Laguna Pueblo (1941-)
Title:Snake Dancer (Chusona) Kachina
Date Made:1962-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, feathers, imitation fur, leather, yarn, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Polacca; First Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 12 3/4 in.; 32.385 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.2
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This Snake Dancer kachina is carved from wood, and represents a blackened male kachina carrying red snakes on his chest. His body is decorated with red and white painted circles, whereas his face depicts bared teeth, carved eyes, and an "arrow" pattern. White and red feathers surround his head, whereas his neck is surrounded by a faux fox fur pelt that extends down his back, as well as a black and white "beard-like" item. He has fringed buckskin arm bands on either arm, a black yarn bracelet, and carries a pointed wooden stick (possibly for use in picking up and "dancing" with snakes). His "kilt" which is intricately painted in red, black, white, and yellow, shows a black snake figure wrapped around the garment. His boots or mocassins are crafted to look like fringed buckskin. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies; kachina dolls

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