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This is a traditional Hopi Cradle
kachina doll, handmade by Hopi
artist Vincent Sohanasomtaka.
Cradle kachina dolls are given
to Hopi Indian girls when they
The kachina doll is considered to be an
actual child in the Hopi household.
Children are encouraged to play with the
doll as though it was a little brother or
sister. Girls are given 2 dolls each year
until they are grown.
In some Navajo and Apache Indian groups
kachinas are considered sacred, placed on
shelves and sprinkled with corn meal, or
adorned with sacred medicine roots.
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