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Culture:Native American; Hopi (possibly)
Title:Hochani Kachina
Date Made:1960s-1970s
Materials:cottonwood root, felt, beads, yarn, fur, feathers, straw, paint
Place Made:United States; Northeast Arizona; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:height 9 3/8 in.; 23.8125 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1981.25.4
Credit Line:Gift of Katherine Gabel, class of 1959
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

The Hochani kachina has a gray head, decorated with yellow carved eyes surrounded by a black band. Head red mouth and ears are also carved. Around his neck is a fur "wreath," while his body is painted in the classic Hochani red and yellow. Both of his arms show bands of white paint, black yarn bracelets, and he holds small bundles of straw or plant fiber in each hand. Around his waist is a decorated white apron, which also has a small felt and yarn pouch near his stomach. His yellow legs have black yarn bands, decorated with gold colored beads. Red, black, and white boots adorn his feet, whereas a fur pelt is affixed to his back and a feather headpiece is atop his head. His head and arms are in motion, and he stands on a wooden platform. These attributes signal a later date of origin for the kachina, as well as his purpose as tourist trade item. AP2018

men; religion; ceremonies

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