Old Cottonwood Kachina


American Indian Artist

Hand-carved and painted Kachina doll, pre-1950. The head once held a crown or tableta and the bottom once had feet, all now missing.

During this time tourists traveled the Southwest from California to the East Coast via the rural highway Route 66.

They found native peoples all along the way who were happy to sell their arts and crafts and spread their culture.

Kachinas are the masked gods of the New Mexico and Arizona American Indians and they are honored with seasonal dances in the villages and mesa-top pueblos that dot the Southwest.

Traditionally these never touched the ground and were instead hung by a cord from a wall.  This one follows that history and will not stand on its own.

George found this doll at a flea market in Washington on one of his trips exploring the countryside.  He was drawn to the distressed paint and organic nature of the twisting body, that follows the shape of the cottonwood root it was carved from.  He hangs in in his entryway so he is reminded of the grounding spirituality it represents.


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