One of the most respected crafts of the Navajo people is the Kachina doll. The Hopi and Zuni Indians also refer to the kachina doll as the katsina doll and most of the Hopi katsina dolls are hung on the wall, not nailed to a stand. We offer a large selection of handcrafted dolls made in America. In Navajo tradition, they are a representations of spiritual messengers that assist in all parts of their lives. Kachinas are believed to help bring rain, peace, teach the children, locate shelter and food as well as help in day to day living. Click this link -> More about Kachina Dolls where we have written some helpful information on the Kachina's. We do not offer express shipping option on kachina dolls, due to the height/weight. Click on any photo below for a full description.
There are over 250 Kachina dolls representing spirits of various things encountered in the daily lives of the Indians. For centuries, different tribes have made Kachina Dolls to use in religious ceremonies. The term "Kachina" refers to a masked and costumed dancer representing various spiritual and natural aspects of life. Kachinas are friends, guardians, or messengers to the Gods. They are believed to have supernatural powers, bestow blessings and nurture life. Kachina dolls carved from the cottonwood root were originally presented to the women and children of the tribe but now are made for others to enjoy. All kachina impersonations are performed by males, including the figures representing female Kachinas.
Our Shalako kachina dolls are made from cottonwood root, we purchased a large quantity of them from the American Indian who crafted them, so our price on these dolls is half of what most sell for. Many of the other Kachina dolls we sell are made of various types of wood and initialed by the Navajo who crafted the Kachina doll. This allows us to bring a unique piece of Native American art to the public at affordable prices.