KACHINA IMAGES

The following images are by Edwin Earle, first published in a book entitled Hopi Kachinas, published by the New York Museum of the American Indian Heye Foundation in 1971, and reprinted by Kiva Publishing in 2002. The paintings were done to illustrate a classic study of the role of Kachinas in the ceremonial life of the Hopi written by Dr. Edward Kennard, first published in 1938. Dr. Kennard's text is a superb look into the role of Kachinas in Hopi life, and these paintings by Edward Earle are the best and most expressive illustrations I encountered of the Kachinas. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Hopi Kachinas.

 

You will note that in this painting Aholi is portrayed with a multi-colored head, the same as his cape. Evidently, this is how Aholi is known in the Third Message village of Oraibi where Earle lived for a year. In other villages on the three mesas, including Second Mesa where the Aholi in There's Something in the Back Yard is said to come from, he is said to have a blue head.

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Aholi
Aholi
Eototo
Eototo
Crow Mother
Crow Mother
Whipper
Whipper
Hemis Mother
Hemis Mother
Hemis Home Dancer
Hemis Home Dancer
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