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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Hopi (possibly)
Title:Wolf (Kweo) Kachina
Date Made:1960s-1970s
Type:Ceremonial
Materials:cottonwood root, felt, fur, suede, yarn, feathers, paint
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Hopi Reservation (possibly)
Measurements:height 11 1/2 in.; 29.21 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.20
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art
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Description:
The Wolf kachina, shown here with feather "ears" and a blue striped head, depicts painted eyes, a carved nose and pointed teeth, and a red mouth with a long tongue. His black fur neckpiece is seen above his yellow body, which is decorated with black and white dots. He wears blue armbands, brown straps across his chest, a black yarn bracelet, a black felt and red fur apron, and black yarn leg ties. His shoes are fringed, and he is portrayed as standing upon a wooden platform. This signals that he was sold for the tourist trade. In one hand is a painted gourd rattle, and in the other is a tuft of white feathers. AP2018

Tags:
men; religion; ceremonies; wolves; kachina dolls

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