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Hopi Kachinas

Hopi kachinas have been lost in legend. The traditions and folklore were handed down by word of mouth as far of what is known, Kachina Dolls have been a big part of the Hopi people and culture for centuries. Their role remains the same but their manifestation changes while the Kachina become ever more beautiful. The real purpose of the Hopi Kachina is not to worship or play, but to educate. They are to acquaint the young girls and their brothers with the names and characteristics of the many Hopi Kachina ceremonial figures who are always men in the events and dances. There is said to be over 250 Types of Kachina Dolls, each one is specific to it's name. Some represent the spirits of animals, some forces of nature, and some places or people. Some kachinas have special features as a call or noise. In the aspect of religion, the Hopi Kachina Dolls are spirits who are impersonated in ceremonies by masked costume dancers.