Miscellaneous Kachinas

na-ngasohu-chasing-star-planetMiscellaneous kachinas include all of the Sosoyohim kachinum. These are a mixed bag of kachina types which have never been assigned a group or classification but are called upon as the need arises.

Some of the Miscellaneous kachinas have long histories dating back into antiquity, others are fairly new or recent kachinas still undergoing development or change.

Many powerful celestial kachinas such as the Sun Gods, star and planet chasers can be found in this group. Kachina types may cross match into one or more group since many kachinas are multi-faceted with numerous responsibilities and roles.

Print and trace the designs onto multi-color fun craft foam sheets to create pliable and colorful soft face masks. Use left over trimmings of foam pieces to cut and paste intricate designs and shapes onto the mask.

Kachina Arts and Craft

For best results print on heavy duty vellum paper or card stock. All paper mask designs are printable on regular or heavy duty 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Print landscape mode for larger masks, portrait setting for smaller masks.

Each kachina mask pattern has a brief overview of the Hopi religious and ceremonial meaning and purpose of the design plus links to one or more existing native American kachina doll photo or drawing. Many kachinas can belong to more than one group or category, for example, a chief kachina can also be a clown or a runner, and might be listed in those categories as well. Children can decorate the masks using their own imagination or refer to the the photos of actual native American designs and make the masks come to life with stories and song.

Tawa Dawa or Sun

Tawa Kachinum or Sun Kachina appears in the Mixed Dances and is a member of the Miscellaneous or Mixed Group kachinas which are called upon as the need arises. The Sun kachina represents the spirit of the Sun.

This kachina has many folklore stories associating the deities interactions with people, animals and ogres or monsters.

Talavai Morning Singer

talavai-morning-singer-maskThe Talavai Morning Singer kachina wears a red and white maiden's robe and stands at the sidelines of the main Powamu procession.

Despite the name "Morning Singer," he only sings occasionally.

The Talavai kachina is a blue case mask with cloud symbols on each cheek, a red tubular mouth, red ears and black, rectangular-shaped eyes.

chiwap-sand-maskChiwap Sand Kachina

poko dog1200Poko Dog

The dog is considered to be the first domesticated animal given important responsibilities of friendship, protection, and guarding / herding other domesticated livestock. Poko Kachina is a very old Kachina and believed to represent the spirit of all domestic animals.

Poko appears as a clown on the First and Second Mesas. The appearance of the Poko kachina varies because there are so many different types of dogs, but generally the snout is yellow and there are five or more spots on each cheek.

Tuma Oi White Chin Kachina

tuma-oi-white-chin-maskTuma-oi (Tuma-uyi) White Chin, one of the oldest Hopi kachinas, makes very rare appearances. Last reported sighting was in 1895 at Shipaulovi, the smallest of the Hopi pueblos.

The Tuma-oi (Tuma-uyi) White Chin appears during the Powamu ceremony and Mixed Dances to bring rain to the Pueblos.

qochaf-ashes-maskQochaf Ashes

The arrival of Qöchaf, pronounced Qwo saf, Ashes or Cleaner Kachina signals the beginning of the Bean Dance Procession each February. He appears only on the Second Mesa in the villages of Shungopavi and Shipaulovi at the Bean Dance on the last day of Powamu.

He is a cleansing kachina who carries ashes which he scatters where ever he goes in order to purify the villages, crops, animals and people during the ceremonies.

Pohaha or Pahana

pahana-lost-white-brother-maskPahana was the elder son of the Fir clan's chief. Four Horn Pahana (or Bahana) is the Lost White Brother of the Hopi or Elder Brother who left the ancient town of Salavi and traveled east towards the rising sun around the time the Hopi entered the Fourth World.

The name Pahana refers to the concept of the stranger or alien wearing a red cloak or cap who will return to purify and bring peace to the world. Hopi prophecy says that the Hopi, or the People of Peace, wait for the Four Horn Pahana to return to bring in the Fifth World where the wicked will be destroyed.

qoqlo-marble-player-gamblerQöqlö Marble Player or Gambler

The Qöqlöe Marble Player, or Gambler kachina, appears during the Soyal ceremony on Third Mesa. He also appears in the Solstice ceremony.

The Qöqlöe entertains villagers by caricaturing and poking fun at the rituals and frequently stopping to shoot marbles.

This kachina, accompanied with his mana or female counterpart, travels in groups of Qöqlöe and is responsible for opening the Kivas so other kachinas may visit the villages.

He wears old Anglo clothing and usually appears as a black case mask with blue markings, however since this is a directional kachina he can be decorated with any of the six directional colors.

Tanga'kah Rainbow

tangakah-rainbowTanga'kah Rainbow, or Tangak kachina is a rain spirit which represents peace and harmony.

saviki snake1200Saviki Snake, or Hopi Racer Snake

Saviki Snake, or Hopi Racer Snake, Lölökong, Serpent Guard, is called different names between different mesas and has different meanings as well depending upon mesa. This non-kachina character is a popular item but not a true kachina. The Snake Dancer carries the Water Serpent (bull snake) to the spring during the Ankwati, represents the racer, a slender desert snake who appears as a guard in the Powamu procession. Lölökong carries the water serpent in his mouth while he dashes from one place to the next and stamps the ground before dashing off to the next place. He is usually featured with a lizard symbol above his eyes.

Hopi Shalako Maiden Kachina

shalako-mana-maskHopi Shalako Maiden Kachina, the sister of the Shalako Taka, represents the cumulous clouds and is said to honor Mother Earth for continuing to feed her children. The Hopi Shalako Mana always appears with her brother Shalako (Sa'lakwtaqa).