Route 66 Kachina with Large Tableta

Southwest American Indian- Home Decor

American Indian Artist

Route 66 era Kachina with large tableta carved from native cottonwood prior to 1960.  The tableta is the headress worn during ceremonial dances and this one has a large stepped one with lightning bolt symbols.  The face is painted with the sacred colors of the Hopi in their rain cloud symbol.

Traditionally made to never touch the ground and instead is hung by a cord around the neck.  This one follows that history and will not stand on its own and must be placed on a wall with the large and bright red bead. 

They found native peoples all along the way who were happy to sell their arts and crafts and spread their culture.  Tourists once traveled the Southwest from California to the East Coast via the rural highway Route 66.

Kachinas are the masked gods of the New Mexico and Arizona Pueblo American Indians and they are honored with seasonal dances in the mesa-top villages that dot the Southwest.  They are depicted in textiles as Yei and are modeled from cottonwood root as Kachina.



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