ZUÑI SHÁLAKO KACHINA / Daily Painting #1159

Watercolor / 6 x 9 inches

I never tire of painting the Shalako Kachina. From the giant, twelve foot tall Zuñi Kachina with his clacking beak, the many Zuñi dolls representing him, in all their finery, such as this one, to the shorter, painted, Hopi Sio Shalako versions. Well, I never tire of painting Kachinas, period. I should say the House Blesser, in its many variations is a favorite among favorites.

The Shálako festival, on or about December 1, is a remarkable sacred drama, enacted in the open for the double purpose of invoking the divine blessing upon certain newly built houses, and of rendering thanks to the gods for the harvests of the year. (Wikipedia)

To learn more about the Kachinam, and to see many of my other Kachina paintings, click on Kachinas.


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