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Kachinas represent spiritual beings in the Hopi religion and are believed to live on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona. Native American Hopi and Zuñi Pueblo Indian perform religious ceremonies in which masked men (never women) impersonate supernatural beings.

Small carved kachina "Tihus" or dolls are made by Hopi Pueblo Indians to represent these supernatural beings, carved, painted and decorated and given to young girls by their fathers or uncles (usually).

These color book kachina images are just a small representation of the hundreds of kachinas in existance.

Each kachina doll below has a brief overview of the Hopi religious and ceremonial meaning and purpose of the design plus links to existing, authentic native American kachina doll photos or drawings. Children can refer to the the photos of actual native American designs or decorate the masks using their own imagination to make the masks come to life with stories and song.  Decorated kachinas doll patterns make great thematic wall hanging decorations for both children and grown-up parties.

Colorbook Doll Figurines

  • Morning Singer

    Morning Singer

    The 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.

  • Marao or Cat, or Old Style Navajo


    Marao or Cat, or Old Style Navajo appears in the late spring Plaza Dances. It is a contradictory Navajo inspired kachina which was introduced in 1920. Each of the three Mesas have their own version of the Marao kachina.

    The contradiction is that while the tripod headdress belongs to the Mamzrau, a woman's society, his cheeks carry the symbols of war.

  • Qalatötö or Sö'sö` öpa Cricket


    Sö'sö' öpa Jerusalem Cricket is a very common reddish-colored desert insect with a large, bald head that kind-of resembles a human skull. It is called the "qalatötö"(shiny bug) by the Hopi and "c'ic'in lici" (red-skull) along with several other descriptive names by the Navajo.

    The Cricket kachina is a runner who usually appears in the night Kiva dances. He is usually painted yellow with in color with straw or grass "horns" that resemble antennae. Susopa cricket is a runner who whips defeated racers with a yucca shoot.

  • Miscellaneous Doll Pattern

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    Decorate this doll kachina figure with markers, crayons, feathers, colored felt, foam, fur or beads. Give it an applicable tool such as a prayer stick, yucca whip or gourd rattle.

    Print on on regular 8 1/2" x 11" white paper. Print landscape mode for larger images, portrait setting for smaller masks.

  • Aholi Chief

    Aholi Chief

    Aholi is the Chief Lieutenant to Eototo Kachina Chief and only appears on the Third Mesa during Powamu, or Bean Planting Festival, to help bring rain to the villages. Aholi is also the wuya (patron saint) of the Pikyas or Young Corn Clan who take care of seed corn.

    The Aholi Chief Lieutenant's mask is a high conical shape with tuffs of hair in place of ears. He wears a fox skin collar or ruff. Legend has it that Aholi and Eototo were once traveling companions in a different land and Aholi sacrificed his life so that Eototo could escape to become leader.

    Together Aholi and Chief Eototo travel to Hopi villages to deliver prayers and bestow blessings upon each village they visit. Eototo draws cloud symbols on the ground with corn flour so clouds and moisture will be drawn to the pueblo. Aholi marks the spot for rain to come by poking the end of his stick in the cloud drawings.

  • Angak'China Long Hair Kachina

    Native American angakchina

    The Takursh Mana has several different names; Angak'chin', Angak'china, Ma-alo, Pawik'china, Hopi Red Beard and other indian names. English names are Long-Haired Kachina and Yellow Girl. This mana kachina is a popular kachina who appears everywhere from the Rio Grande to the Hopi villages on the mesas of Northern Arizona. As Rûgans they appear in groups and perform identical dances while producing rhythmic sounds by playing musical instruments such as resonating gourds and sticks.

    This kachina welcomes the spring season with melodious songs and graceful dancing. The Ang-Ak-China arrive in groups accompanied by the Takursh Mana or Angak'chin' (Angaktsin Mana), his female counterpart, and together are responsible for bringing much needed rain to the arid Hopi nation.

    The long hair combined with upright feathers on the top are said to represent rising clouds and falling rain.

  • Angwusnasomtaka or Tumas Crow Mother, Man with Crow Wings Tied To

    Angwusnasomtaka Crow Mother

    The Angwusnasomtaka, Tumas, Crow Mother or Man with Crow Wings Tied To, is the mother of the Hu or Whipper kachinas. This kachina also belongs in the Chief or Mongwi Kachinum category. Many Hopis believe she is the mother of all Kachinas. She appears on all three mesas during the Powamu or Bean Dance. On the third mesa she is called Angwushahai-i, or Crow Bride where she dresses entirely in white. She also talks and sings on the third mesa.

    Her responsibility is to give protection and guidance to children while they are at play and during ritual initiations. During initiation, she brings a bunch of Narrowleaf Yucca plant blades, (thin yucca plant leaves) in to the kiva and hands the yucca blades to the Hu Kachinas who strike the children several times with the leaves.

    Yucca plants are very important to the Native Americans of Northern Arizona and Utah. They use virtually all of the Yucca plant in various ways including using the narrowleaf yucca's sword-like leaves to make baskets and sandals.

  • Mastop or Death Fly Soyal Winter Solstice

    Native American Mastop Winter Solstice

    The Mastop or Death Fly kachina only appears on the third mesa, in pairs, the day before the end of the Soyal Ceremony. The Mastop represents a prayer to ensure fertility for humankind, so he is encouraged to tease girls and women as an important part of fertility rituals.

    He is a Soyal (Winter Solstice) Katsina and counterpart to Second Mesa's Sivaktsina kachina.

    The mask is black with white dots on each cheek. These dots represent the star constellations Pleiades (the Seven Sisters) on the right side and on the left side is the Big Dipper which contains Canis Major the Dog Star.

    Pleiades or the Seven Sisters, is the name of a quite visible and striking open cluster of stars in the Taurus constellation.

  • Qöqlöe Marble Player or Gambler

    Native American Qoqolo Marble Player

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

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

    This kachina, accompanied with his mana, 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.

  • Soyok Whuti Ogre Woman

    Native American Soyok Whuti Ogre Woman

    The So'yoko (Soyok' Wuhti) or Ogre Woman is believed to have come from the Awatovi Ruins in Navajo County, Arizona, a pueblo destroyed in the late 1700's.

    She is fearsome in appearance, dressed in black with long straggly hair, buggy eyes and a large fanged mouth. She performs with Soyok'Taka or Ogre Man, another fearsome monster ogre, who stands by her side and stomps his feet and growls. Her cry is a shrill falsetto that sounds like "Soyoko-u-u-u"!

    When the Soyok' Wuhti appears the children become petrified with fright. This beastly kachina carries a blood-smeared saw, knife or cleaver in one hand, a scary crook in the other hand and threatens to eat naughty little children. She often reaches out with her crook to grab unwary villagers or children and whenever she catches children she places them in her basket and holds them for ransom.

    She is fearsome in appearance, dressed in black with long straggly hair, buggy eyes and a large fanged mouth. Her cry is a shrill falsetto that sounds like "Soyoko-u-u-u"!

  • Á-tchi-a lä-to-pa Knife-feathered Monster Knife-wing Kachina

    Native American Á-tchi-a lä-to-pa Knife-feathered Monster

    Knife-feathered Monster, Á-tchi-a lä-to-pa, Knife-feathered Demon, or Knifewing is one of three fetiches' belonging to the Zuni's Priesthood of the Bow. The other two fetiches are the Mountain Lion and Ain-shi ko ha na, the Great White Bear.

    The knifewing, a creature of the skies, is considered the ultimate warrior and hero in hundreds of folktales. He is half-humman, half-eagle with sharp and deadly flint blades for wing and tail feathers. He wears a cloud-shaped cap which represents his dwelling place in the mountains among the clouds.

    His weapons are the Great Flint-Knife of War, the Bow of the Skies (the Rain-bow), and the Arrow of Lightning. He carries as weapons the Great Flint-Knife of War, the Bow of the Skies (the Rainbow), and the Arrow of Lightning.

    The Knifewing character seems more popular today with Native American silversmiths and jewelry designers than kachina doll or mask carvers.

  • Palhik Mana


    Palhik Mana, the female butterfly kachina, and Poli Taka, or Poli Sio Hemis, the male butterfly Kachinas appear as a pair in the butterfly social dance. These kachinas represent the butterfly which pollinates corn and desert flowers. Butterfly kachinas also tell the priest leaders which flowers and plants can be used for medicines. Sometimes the butterfly is not a kachina but a maiden who grinds corn in the kiva and teaches young Hopi girls the graces of Hopi Society.

    Decorate this doll kachina figure with markers, crayons, feathers, colored felt, foam, fur or beads. Give it an applicable tool such as a prayer stick, yucca whip or gourd rattle.

  • Eototo Mongwi Kachinum or Chief Kachina

    Native American Eototo Chief

    Eototo is considered to be the Mongwi Kachinum chief or father of all kachinas and husband of Hahai-i Wuhti. This spirit controls the four seasons of weather and appears in all of the ceremonies accompanied by Aholi, his chief lieutenant.

    Together Aholi and Eototo travel to each Hopi village to deliver prayers and bestow blessings upon each village they visit. Eototo draws cloud symbols on the ground with corn flour so clouds and moisture will be drawn to the pueblo. Aholi marks the spot for rain to come by poking the end of his stick in the cloud drawings and roaring to the clouds above.

  • Hahai-I Wuhti Grandmother Kachina

    Native American Haiai i Wuhti

    The Hahai-I Wuhti or Grand Mother Kachina is known as the mother of all kachinas, mother of monsters and other kachinas, plus the mother of dogs. Other names for the Hahai-I Wuhti are Pour Water Woman and Mother Earth. Her real children are the Nata'aska (uncle of the family of ogre Katsinas) and monsters.

    Hahai-I Wuhti is believed to be Chief Eototo's wife and portrayed as a supporting influence to Eototo's kachina impersonation, however, she is also believed to be the dominating and demanding mother to the Nataska Kachinas.

    She makes her appearances in important ceremonies such as the Hopi Shalako, the Water Serpent, the Soyoko and the Powamu. Some ceremonies have her threatening villagers if she is not fed meat, and in other ceremonies she gives food (somiviki) to children and blesses them with water. Ogre kachinas appear at the Powamuya (bean dance) accompanying Soyok Wuhti to threaten children against misbehaving and enforce good behavior among the children

    Whoever said motherhood would be easy?

  • He'e'e Warrior Maiden

    Native American He'e'e Warrior Maiden

    He'e'e, He Wuhti, Warrior Woman or Maiden, belongs to both the Guard or Tuwalakum Kachinas and Chief or Mongwi Kachinum categories.

    The history behind the story of this kachina depends upon the mesa. Second Mesa says this kachina was a young, half-dressed warrior caught by suprise into battle. Other versions says she was a young half-dressed maiden caught up in a sudden battle. In all versions, however, the person gropped everything and took up weapons to fight off the attackers until help arrived.

    Most kachina impersonators or dancers are men, even when the kachina spirit is female. The He'e'e kachina is a very powerful spirit who leads a procession of warrior kachinas to protect the Pachavu ceremonial procession. In some other ceremonies guard kachinas have to protect the ceremony from the He'e'e kachina power.

  • Hon Bear

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    The Hon Bear kachina is considered to be a legendary warrior with great strength, courage and wisdom who knows all the medicinal roots and herbs and can cure the sick. Of all the animal kachinas, only the Badger Kachina has more healing powers. This spirit always has bear footprints painted on both cheeks and can be represented with several different colors including Sakwa Honau (Blue Bear), Köcha Honau or Qotsa'honaw (White Bear), yellow and black.

    Hon appears during the Soyal Dance on the First Mesa. His role in ceremonies is to dance as a watchman for the Chakwaina Soyal Dance and as a side singer and dancer for the Palölökong Mixed Dance.

  • Kwahu Eagle

    Kwahu Eagle Native American

    The Kwahu Eagle dancers appear with Mudhead kachinas in the night Kiva Dances during the Powamu Ceremony. Each dancer takes on the persona of an actual eagle in motion, mimicking flight and eagle crys to perform this important ritual.

    Birds, especially eagles, have important roles in Hopi traditional ceremonies and villagers give them gifts and treat them as special guests. The eagles' dance is primarily a prayer for future populations of eagles.

    The downside for these eagles, however, is at the end of the celebrations, they are all ceremoniously smothered and cleanly plucked.

  • Hemis or Jemez Kachina and Mana

    Native American Hemis Jemez
  • Cohonino Supai Konin

    Native American Supai Konin

    Cohonino Supai Konin represents the Havasupai people, who lived west of the Grand Canyon. They appear during Mixed Dances. On the First and Second Mesas, their masks are white with triangular mouths, rainbow-colored chins, and painted horns. On the Third Mesas the rainbow chin is replaced by colorful squares across the nose.