Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally

Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally

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Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally
Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally

Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally
Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally 18″ x 13″Tall A very popular Kachina, he is easily recognized when painted with horizontal black and white stripes over his entire body. He is usually shown in a humorous pose, gorging on watermelon or some other food. There are many varieties of this Kachina. His primary function is one of amusement for the audience during pauses in Kachina dancing or as a leavening for the seriousness of a major ceremony. Oftentimes there is an object lesson on improper behavior or a social commentary present in the skits and actions of the clowns. It is said that the Clown Kachina is considered the conscience of the people. Alfred does these WONDERFUL figures all perched in a tree and always one on a swing. We are so glad to have him making these pieces again after a two-year hiatus 18″ x 13″ There are hundreds of Hopi Katsinam, “personations” of supernatural beings, important animals and ancestors who help the Hopi people raise their crops, their children, and their spirits. The Katsina dancers are men wearing masks–each of which represents a particular Katsina–and paint and feathered costumes. Everyone in the village, aside from the children, knows that the Katsina dancers are actually men from the village, though Katsinam are still believed to have supernatural powers. Much of the value in these dances is found to be instructing the young. Badger (south)healers, aggressiveness, perseverance Bear (west)healer, strength, introspection Buffalostrength, endurance to rise above ones weaknesses Butterfly–Butterfly directs the medicine man to ingredients that can be used in medicine. The Butterfly Kachina brings together unmarried men and women. During the butterfly social dance they appear as a pair, one female and one male. With Full-Figure Hopi Katsinam the amount that shows on the invoice can be quite high. The United States Post Office does more “hand-holding” of these very fragile pieces. The free listing tool. The item “Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally” is in sale since Sunday, February 15, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Dolls & Kachinas”. The seller is “roundtablealliances” and is located in Middletown, New Jersey. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
  • Artisan: Alfred Benally
  • Tribal Affiliation: Hopi

Native American Navajo Made Clown Kachina Dolls in a Treehouse by Alfred Benally
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