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Kachina Doll (Pookon)

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Hopi Pueblo
MEDIUM Wood, pigment, fiber cord, shell
DATES late 19th century
DIMENSIONS 10 5/8 x 3 x 1 3/4 in. (27 x 7.6 x 4.4 cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Kachina doll carved from one piece of wood. The entire body is painted black. This kachina probably represent Pookon (Pookong) "of the sun" the elder of the War Twins in the Hopi creation story. (The younger War Twin is Balonga.) The War Twins' mother was Spider Woman and there are many stories about them. Stewart Koyiyumptewa said that this deity is also referred to as Echo Boy and that he is mischievous (6/5/19).
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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