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Mahk Kachinum or Hunter Kachinas are hunters and use their knowledge to find and capture game animals for food. Hunters may appear in the processions and ceremonies as warriors against clown kachinas or to provide humorous entertainment. They are not considered to be in the same category of warriors, policemen or guards however. Some hunter kachinas may be borrowed in order to represent individuals from other groups and neighboring tribes
Kachina types may cross match into one or more group since many kachinas are multi-purpose 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.
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.
Printable Hunter kachina style paper masks for young children to print, cut out with scissors, color, and decorate with crayons, markers, glitter, feathers, yarn, colorful papers and fabrics. Decorate your masks with preshaped cut and paste parts designs.
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.
Kahaila Kwasus Alektaka Hunter or Man With Two Erect Feathers
The Palakwayi (Palkwayo) Red-Tailed Hawk is a Chief Kachina, a warrior and a hunter who makes his appearances in the Pachavu ceremony on second and Third Mesas.
This kachina's most distinctive attribute is a bird's nest resting upon his head.
Suy-ang-e-vif or Siyangephoya Kachina is called the left-handed hunter because his gear (bow and arrow and other hunting tools) is reversed to accomodate his left-handedness.
His dance is odd-looking, marked by tiny steps with bowing or bobbing motions. When the Siyangephoya teams up with the Ho'E (a clown kachina known for being noisy and a boisterous tease) they appear to play hunting games and perform other crazy antics. This kachina appears in the Mixed Dance, and the Powamu Ceremony. He is considered to be an excellent hunter and a powerful spirit.
The Tuskiapaya Crazy Rattle appears in the spring Plaza Dances. This kachina is a variation of Sikyachantaka, an ancient kachina who danced to ward off famine. Other names for this kachina include Aya and Crazy Rattle Runner.
Like the other runner kachinas, Crazy Rattle challenges men and boys to races. It they win the kachina awards them with Piki bread but if they lose the race he will swat them several times with a yucca switch.
Tuskiapaya Crazy Rattle Runner Examples:
The Tokotsi or Tokoch Katsinum or Wildcat or Bobcat Kachina is a multi-faceted kachina. This fearsome Wildcat spirit is definitely an animal kachina but also belongs to the Ichivota, or Angry Kachinas which is also referred to as Guard and Watching Kachinas.
Popkot or Animal Kachinas have special medicinal powers and are considered advisors and doctors. Animal kachinas can take on the appearance of men by removing their skins to sit alongside men in the kivas and join in serious conversations.
It is believed that animal kachinas help the Hopi overcome ogres and monsters, plus assist in curing disease with their medicinal knowledge of roots and herbs.
Guard kachinas function as warriors, protectors and overseers. They act as sergeants-at-arms or policemen by enforcing ceremonial rules and preventing unwelcome spectators or prevent other kachinas powers from interrupting the ritual proceedings.
Wukoqala Big Forehead Kachina is an old style Orabi type which is rarely seen. He appears in Mixed Dances and encourages boys to become good hunters.