kachina

noun a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift
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Kachina

In Pueblo Indian mythology, a kachina is a deified ancestral spirit. The Hopi indians, part of the Pueblo family, hold that every plant, animal and aspect of life and death is governed by a different kachina, which look after the welfare of the Hopi people.
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kachina

in traditional religions of the Pueblo Indians of North America, any of more than 500 divine and ancestral spirit beings who interact with humans. ... [7 related articles]
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kachina

kachina (kuchē'nu) , spirit of the invisible life forces of the Pueblo of North America. The kachinas, or kachinam, are impersonated by elaborately costumed masked male members of the tribes who visit Pueblo villages the first half of the year. In a variety of ceremonies, they dance, sing,...
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