Hano Supai Kachina / Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches / Daily Painting #1390

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This is a Hopi Kachina doll, or Kachintihu, representing a Supai, or Havasupai Indian spirit. The Havasupai are a small tribe, one of the smallest in the United States, and have lived in the Grand Canyon for over a thousand years. This version is typical of the Hopi village of Hano on First Mesa.

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2 thoughts on “HANO SUPAI KACHINA / Daily Painting #1390

  1. What a beauty! The color combinations of high and low luminosity and the paint texture make this a treasure!! Wonderful!

  2. I got this from the Wikipedia. EncIn Hopi the word is often used to represent the spiritual beings themselves (said to be connected with the Fifth World, Taalawsohu), the dolls, or the people who dress as kachinas for ceremonial dances, which are understood to all embody aspects of the same belief system. Among other uses, the kachinas represent historical events and things in nature, and are used to educate children in the ways of life.
    Kachina was the most widespread and practiced religion by the Pueblo two hundred years or so before the Spaniards came to the West. “The Fifth World” is something I would like to know more about. Looking at Hano I can see the little girls looking at her and hoping they get picked to get her. I wonder how many tears were shed because she could only be given to one, also wonder if they got passed to another child after a certain time? The colors really shows her beauty and loving expression. The White face says to me that the white race were there at some point in time before the Spaniards came.

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