Native American Kachina “Spirits”: Precursors to Today’s Clowns…

Cool history of clowns in sacred society…

Haint-Blue Shudders

1024px-The_mask_of_Kachina_(Hopi_Indians_rain_maker),_village_of_Shonghopavi,_Arizona-single_imageKachina Dancers, Shongopovi Pueblo, Arizona, ca. 1899 – 1900. The original slide was marked: “Copyright 1900 by Underwood & Underwood Publishers derivative work: Chetvorno” (Public Domain)

Kachina: What Are They?

“Sacred clowns” are part of the culture of a variety of Native American tribes. Here we provide information on kachina and clowns in Hopi culture. See “Additional Reading” for more information.

‘A kachina is a spirit being in western Pueblo religious beliefs. The western Pueblo, Native American cultures located in the southwestern United States include the Hopi, Zuni, Tewa Village (on the Hopi Reservation), Acoma Pueblo, and Laguna Pueblo. The kachina concept has three different aspects: the supernatural being, the kachina dancers (masked members of the community who represent kachinas at religious ceremonies)* and kachina dolls, small dolls carved in the likeness of kachinas given as gifts to children. [*emphasis: Haint Blue]

Kachinas are spirits or personifications of things…

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