Details about Vintage Native American Rattlesnake Kachina Snake Dancer Situlili Kachina signedSee original listing
04 Mar, 2013 02:03:19 GMT
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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|Origin:||Santa Fe, New Mexico||Artisan:||J.B. (attributed to Joseph Begay)|
The history of Kachina starts in the Southwest United States where the Pueblo Indians live. They are carved from soft cottonwood root in human likeness and range from few inches up to 20 inches in height. They are painted in bright colors and enhanced with feathers, fur, turquoise and other stones, and feathers.The first outsiders to see a kachina were the Spanish explorers during the 16th century. The first doll to be sold to a non-Indian was in 1857, which was given to the National Museum.
Kachina dolls were first used as a teaching tool and in religious ceremonies of the Hopi Indians. The Navajo, Zuni, Pueblo and Apache tribes also participated in the making and using of the dolls. According to Indian belief, Kachinas make rain and allow crops to grow. They are the source of the sun and the moon. Without them there would be no life on earth. During certain times of year kachina dolls are given as gifts to children and women. There are over 900 varieties of the doll each representing a different spirit.
The Situlili (Rattlesnake or Snake Kachina / Katsina) was originally a Kachina from the Second Mesa, Arizona. His name is the Zuni word for rattlesnake - but how he got it, no one is certain. The human version of this Kachina spirit often appears as a guard in both the Pachavu and the Powamuya Ceremonies - The Snake Dancer sends a message with the snake to ask God to bring rain. His actions are characterized by rather sudden movements followed by pauses as he surveys his surroundings - then strikes. Snake Kachina come in a variety of face colors but are usually yellow and brown like a rattlesnake.
This Kachina was carved and hand painted by the artist; decorated with real fur and feathers; and has a band of shells across his chest and on his sleeves. This Rattle Snake Kachina is estimated to be approximately 27 years old and is attributed to Joseph Begay, who signs his works J.B.
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