Hopi Pueblo (Native American). <em>Kachina Doll</em>, late 19th century. Wood,pogment fur, cotton, horsehair, feather, shell, horn, stone, 12 1/4 x 5 x 3 in. (31.1 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905, Museum Collection Fund, 05.588.7193. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 05.588.7193.jpg)

Kachina Doll

Artist:Hopi Pueblo

Medium: Wood,pogment fur, cotton, horsehair, feather, shell, horn, stone

Dates:late 19th century

Dimensions: 12 1/4 x 5 x 3 in. (31.1 x 12.7 x 7.6 cm)


Museum Location: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor


Accession Number: 05.588.7193

Image: 05.588.7193.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
This Kachina represents Chaveyo and according to Barton Wright in "Classic Hopi and Zuni Kachina Figures" he is one of the most fearsome beings. 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 his cheeks, and a cape thrown over the shoulders.This Kachina is in the grouping normally referred to as an ogre Kachina. It has bulging eyes and a protruding snout exhibiting a fierce aspect. In dances Chaveyo uses this ferocity to scare the children and even men into behaving. He appears during the Spring anytime but especially during the Powamuya (Bean Dance) and the Palolo Kongi (Water Serpent Dance) being badgered by clowns until he whacks them away.

Brooklyn Museum Logo