Carved from the roots of the cottonwood tree (the roots are what draws life-giving
moisture), Kachinas can be classified in the following partial list:
Ogres of many types: Discipline the community and naughty children (teacher's favorite)
Bears and badgers: Best at healing(doctor's favorite)
Eagle: A protector
Animals: Many are hunters - also healers
Warriors : Ewiro, Ahote, and many, many others
Clowns: Koshari, Hano clowns, Koyemsi (mudheads), etc.
Chief : Eototo and Aholi, his lieutenant
Plants, birds, characters of other tribes (to draw thier powers), etc
Kweo (Wolf Kachina)
||Hon (Bear Kachina)
Bear Kachinas are believed to be very powerful
the Badger Kachina he is considered a
great doctor for he possesses the knowledge of
all the herbs and roots and there use to cure bad illness. He is also a great warrior.
This painting depicts the Bear Kachina with their animal counterpart signifying their
oneness in spirit.
The spirit of Kweo stands amidst his early
the Wolves he is a warrior and
knows the ways of danger and possesses great
as a hunter.
To the Hopi the Wolf Kachina, as well as other
are considered their closest
neighbors and are their advisors, doctors and assistants.
Crow Mother Kachina
Crow Mother is one of the Mong (Chief Kachinas). Besides being mother to the Hu’,
she is also considered to be the mother of all Kachinas.
There are many legends about the White Buffalo. Among the Plains Indians the White
Buffalo is an important symbol. At 6:00 am on Aug. 20, 1994 a White Buffalo was born in south central Wisconsin.
is believed among many that this birth of the
White Buffalo symbolizes the coming together of humanity
into a spirit of oneness.
Mongwu (Owl Kachina)
The Mongwu appears in the Mixed Kachina Dance
Kachina Dance where he keeps the
Clowns in line with his yucca whips. He also takes
part in the Bean dance and the Water Serpent ceremony on the First Mesa.
Kwahu (Eagle Kachina)
The Eagle Kachina appears in the repeat dance in March and sometimes with the Mudheads
night ceremonies. His dance motions of the eagle
are a prayer for an
increase of eagles. As with
other Bird Kachinas, he assists the Hopi in many
including advice and council.
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