Kachina Doll (Tsaveyo)
Arts of the Americas
This kachina doll represents Chaveyo, one of the most fearsome beings for the Hopi. His identifying characteristics include nakedness, dots on the legs and/or feet, crosses on the cheeks, and a cape thrown over the shoulders. Chaveyo belongs to the group normally referred to as Ogre Kachinas, characterized by bulging eyes and a protruding snout exhibiting a fierce aspect. While dancing, Chaveyo uses his ferocity to scare children, women, and even men into behaving. He appears anytime during the spring, but especially during the Powamuya (Bean Dance) and the Palolo Kongi (Water Serpent Dance), when Chaveyo is badgered by clowns until he whacks them away.
Esta muñeca kachina representa a Chaveyo, uno de los seres más temidos por los Hopi. Sus características incluyen desnudez, puntos en las piernas y/o pies, cruces en las mejillas, y una capa sobre los hombros. Chaveyo pertenece al grupo comúnmente referido como los Kachinas Ogro, caracterizado por ojos protuberantes y un morro prominente de fiero aspecto. Mientras danza, Chaveyo utiliza su ferocidad para asustar a los niños, mujeres, e incluso hombres logrando así buena conducta. Puede aparecer en cualquier momento durante la primavera, pero especialmente durante el Powamuya (Danza del Frijol) y el Palolo Kongi (Danza de la Serpiente de Agua), cuando Chaveyo es acosado por payasos hasta que los hace huir a golpes.
Wood, pigment fur, cotton, horsehair, feather, shell, horn, stone
late 19th century
13 × 7 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (33 × 19.1 × 16.5 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund
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Hopi Pueblo. Kachina Doll (Tsaveyo), late 19th century. Wood, pigment fur, cotton, horsehair, feather, shell, horn, stone, 13 × 7 1/2 × 6 1/2 in. (33 × 19.1 × 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7193. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7193.jpg)
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Kachina doll representing Tsaveyo (also spelled in literature as Chaveyo), one of the most fearsome beings (see Barton Wright "Classic Hopi and Zuni Kachina Figures"). The shell, horn, and stone danglers around the neck make a scary sound. If a youngster or an adult misbehaves badly, this Kachina may come looking for him unless he mends his ways. The characteristic identifiers include nakedness, dots on legs and/or feet, crosses on cheeks, and a cape thrown over the shoulders. This Kachina is in the grouping normally referred to as ogres. It has bulging eyes and a protruding snout exhibiting a fierce aspect. In dances Chaveyo uses this ferocity to scare children and even men into behaving. He appears anytime during the Spring, but especially during the Powamuya (Bean Dance) and the Palolo Kongi (Water Serpent Dance) being badgered by clowns until he whacks them away.
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