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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Native American Hopi Sewemaenewa Kachina Doll
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Native American Hopi Sewemaenewa Kachina Doll
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$16012 Bids
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C.A. PARDELL LEGENDS LTD ED DEER KACHINA SCULPTURE
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
C.A. PARDELL LEGENDS LTD ED DEER KACHINA SCULPTURE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1209 Bids
Native American Hopi Kachina Doll
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Native American Hopi Kachina Doll
by Ancient Objects
Est: $300- $900
$3757 Bids
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3PC VINTAGE PLAINS INDIAN DOLLS
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
3PC VINTAGE PLAINS INDIAN DOLLS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$756 Bids
Antique Skookum Native American Large Store Display Dolls
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Skookum Native American Large Store Display Dolls
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1206 Bids
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VINTAGE CB HOPI "YEI" MORNIN POLYCHROME KACHINA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE CB HOPI "YEI" MORNIN POLYCHROME KACHINA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$856 Bids
C. Sues Native American Turquoise Sterling Kachina
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
C. Sues Native American Turquoise Sterling Kachina
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $200- $600
$1255 Bids
Native American Hopi Kachina Doll Raphael Jose Jr
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Native American Hopi Kachina Doll Raphael Jose Jr
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1105 Bids
Native American Skookum Doll Collection
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Native American Skookum Doll Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$654 Bids
Harvey Lefthand A HOPI CHRISTMAS Kachina Sculpture
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
Harvey Lefthand A HOPI CHRISTMAS Kachina Sculpture
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$204 Bids
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CALVIN BEGAY NAVAJO WEAVER POLYCHROME KACHINA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
CALVIN BEGAY NAVAJO WEAVER POLYCHROME KACHINA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
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BRUCE AGGIEE HOPI CLOWN POLYCHROME KACHINA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
BRUCE AGGIEE HOPI CLOWN POLYCHROME KACHINA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$403 Bids
Native American Ahola Kachina Doll Steve Tsanajinnie
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Native American Ahola Kachina Doll Steve Tsanajinnie
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$753 Bids
Hopi Native American Kachina Mountain Lion By Pino
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Hopi Native American Kachina Mountain Lion By Pino
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$703 Bids
Signed Native American Style Buffalo Kachina Doll
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Native American Style Buffalo Kachina Doll
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Old Zuni Pueblo Cottonwood Kachina
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Old Zuni Pueblo Cottonwood Kachina
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$502 Bids
Old Native American Hopi Kachina
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Old Native American Hopi Kachina
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$302 Bids
Hopi Native American Jasper Kaue Kachina Doll
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Hopi Native American Jasper Kaue Kachina Doll
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$652 Bids
Old Billy Stevens Native American Kachina
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Old Billy Stevens Native American Kachina
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
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SIGNED CB HOPI IN ROBE POLYCHROME KACHINA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
SIGNED CB HOPI IN ROBE POLYCHROME KACHINA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
Huge 35 Inch Skookum Doll Including Blanket Moccasins And Beaded Necklace
Dec 03, 12:00 PM EST
Huge 35 Inch Skookum Doll Including Blanket Moccasins And Beaded Necklace
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$102 Bids
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EDGAR QUMYINTEWA BESA SEWNIMTEWA LIZARD KACHINA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
EDGAR QUMYINTEWA BESA SEWNIMTEWA LIZARD KACHINA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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TRINA JONES HOPI LONG HAIR POLYCHROME KACHINA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
TRINA JONES HOPI LONG HAIR POLYCHROME KACHINA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
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TRINA JONES HOPI HEMIS POLYCHROME KACHINA
Dec 04, 9:00 AM MST
TRINA JONES HOPI HEMIS POLYCHROME KACHINA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Indian Dolls & Kachina Dolls


Monarch Auction and Estate Services

Monarch Auction and Estate Services

Bradford's

Bradford's

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Bonhams

Bonhams