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Object Name Sculpture
Description Mongwa or the Great Horned Owl Kachina is from the third mesa as evidence by the rabbit fur on the face. He appears in the Mixed Kachina Dance and watches the clowns and disciplines them for unruly behavior in other Kachina dances. The Hopi believe that everything in this world has a counterpart in the spirit world. Kachinas are the spiritual essence of everything is this world. The Kachinas dwell in Hopi society in three forms- the spirit, the dancer who represents that spirit, and the Kachina Doll. The spirits of the Kachina come to the Hopi in the form of the Kachina dancers near the winter soltice and return to the gods near the time of the summer soltice carrying prayers of the people to the gods. During these various ceremonies, the danacers present Kachina Dolls, each carved from a single piece of cottonwood, to villagers. Each doll represents a different Kachina. It is not to played witth, but are given a hallowed place iin the home to bless the residents.
Artist Unknown
Dimensions H-32 W-14 L-9 inches
Collection Permanent Collection