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American Indian Dolls & Kachina Dolls

Reflecting a key component of American Indian spiritual history, kachina dolls are intended to be physical manifestations of kachinas, an ancestral or natural force or spirit that guides a current generation. At the same time, kachina dolls invoke the history of American Indian artistry, with stylized representations and geometric motifs illustrating the remarkable range of American Indian artistic approaches.

Part of American Indian culture for millennia, “kachina” was the American Indian’s name for the spirits to whom they prayed for bountiful harvests and beautiful weather. As a means of educating the younger members of the tribe, artists began creating kachina dolls. Traditionally carved from cottonwood, these marvelous figures take on a range of stylized motifs, including references to flora and fauna, superimposed on a human-like body.

As techniques became refined, different designs reflected different spirits and different segments of the population, from more simplified sculptures intended for young infants to more complex and ornamented dolls intended for mature young girls. From this traditional as an educational tool, kachina dolls have also come to be recognized for their rich visual tradition, a collector’s item as much as they are a fascinating facet to American Indian culture.


Quick Facts

  • Kachinas get their name from the Hopi Indian word “katsina,” meaning “supernatural”
  • The pantheon of kachina spirits for each tribe is monumental, with some totaling in the hundreds
  • Though they might extend further back into American Indian history, the oldest documented kachina doll dates back to the 18th century

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Native American Signed Watermelon Man Kachina
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American Signed Watermelon Man Kachina
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$14012 Bids
Native American James Garcia "Crow Mother" Wood Kachina
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American James Garcia "Crow Mother" Wood Kachina
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$20011 Bids
Vintage Native American Hopi Double Kachina Baldwin Huma Polacca, AZ Carved Wood Statue
Oct 25, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Native American Hopi Double Kachina Baldwin Huma Polacca, AZ Carved Wood Statue
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1709 Bids
Two Hopi Indian carved kachina dolls
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Hopi Indian carved kachina dolls
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $120- $180
$1709 Bids
Dine Navajo Indian corn husk dolls
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Dine Navajo Indian corn husk dolls
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$1607 Bids
Edward Johnson Jr. Signed Sweet Cornmeal Kachina
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Edward Johnson Jr. Signed Sweet Cornmeal Kachina
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$557 Bids
Two Hopi Indian jester kachina carved figures
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Hopi Indian jester kachina carved figures
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$705 Bids
Antique Cradle Kachina Flat Dolls, Group of 5
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Cradle Kachina Flat Dolls, Group of 5
by Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$2505 Bids
Joe Caajero Jr. KGA Koshaki Native American Watermelon Man Pottery Kachina Golfer
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Joe Caajero Jr. KGA Koshaki Native American Watermelon Man Pottery Kachina Golfer
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$405 Bids
Jim Fred, Hopi Indian carving of a clown kachina
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Jim Fred, Hopi Indian carving of a clown kachina
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $120- $160
$1505 Bids
Three Native American Indian painted kachina dolls
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Three Native American Indian painted kachina dolls
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$1003 Bids
Antique Cradle Kachina Flat Dolls, Group of 5
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Cradle Kachina Flat Dolls, Group of 5
by Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1253 Bids
Lot of 3 Native American Kachina Dolls
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Native American Kachina Dolls
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $200
$153 Bids
Hopi Gerry Quotskuyva AHOLA Germinator Original Art Mixed Media Kachina Native American
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
Hopi Gerry Quotskuyva AHOLA Germinator Original Art Mixed Media Kachina Native American
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $500- $900
$253 Bids
Native American Apache Spirit Dancer Wood Kachina
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American Apache Spirit Dancer Wood Kachina
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Native American Apache Crown Dancer Wood Kachina
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American Apache Crown Dancer Wood Kachina
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Two Elgean Joshevama Jr. Hopi Indian kachinas
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Elgean Joshevama Jr. Hopi Indian kachinas
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$902 Bids
(2pc) Signed Piptuk Owl Clown & Owl Zuni Kachinas
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Signed Piptuk Owl Clown & Owl Zuni Kachinas
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Elgean Joshevama Jr. carved kachina figure
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Elgean Joshevama Jr. carved kachina figure
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$502 Bids
Group of Southwestern Pottery, Katsina and Stand.
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Group of Southwestern Pottery, Katsina and Stand.
by Caza Sikes
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Grp 7: Inuit Dolls w/ Stone Heads & Cotton Twill Clothing - Some Named
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Grp 7: Inuit Dolls w/ Stone Heads & Cotton Twill Clothing - Some Named
by Revere Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Vintage Signed R. Panana Native American Piggy Back Kachina Jemez Pottery Statue
Oct 25, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Signed R. Panana Native American Piggy Back Kachina Jemez Pottery Statue
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$501 Bid
Seven Native American Skookum dolls, early 20th c.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Seven Native American Skookum dolls, early 20th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid

Sellers Who Sell American Indian Dolls & Kachina Dolls


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