ITEM: Vintage Sterling Silver Solid Sun face Kachina Doll Pendant.
COMPOSITION: Sterling Silver.
CONDITION: Estate Item, excellent.
WEIGHT: 12.1 Grams.
MEASUREMENT: 1 1/2" length X 1 1/2"
Marks: 925, hallmarked ?
COMMENTS: Recently purchased from a local estate Sterling Silver Solid Sun face Kachina Doll Pendant. Crafted in solid sterling silver. Sun face Dancer Kachina Doll: The loved Sunface Kachina represents the sun’s warmth, and the hope for shelter for old people, and a bright future with playfulness for the young. A wonderful addition for any charm bracelet or to wear on a chain. The Kachina spirits dance and sing in ancient rituals. They also provide gifts. The prayers of the Hopi people for sun and rain, good harvest and successful hunting are conveyed through these ceremonies. Eagle Dancer Kachina Doll: Represents Strength and power and can carry a persons dreams up to heaven. Kwahu, the Eagle Kachina is treated as an honored guest among the Hopi, who give them presents like they do their children.
Ceremonies continue until mid-July, and then the Kachina spirits return to their mountains for a well-earned rest. This is celebrated with the Going Home Ceremony, called the Ninman. The spirits will be back in December.
The Kachina dolls meanings represent various deities, animals, ancestors or natural elements. Before each dance, Hopi men carve Kachina dolls from cottonwood. Each doll depicts a particular spirit that will participate in the dance.
There are over 200 different Kachina spirits honored in these ceremonies. Kachina dolls are given to Hopi girls so they will remember the Kachina spirits and come to understand their role in Hopi Life.
Following the ceremony, the Kachina dolls are displayed on the walls of the pueblo. They help village children to learn about the characteristics of each Kachina spirit.
No word exists in the Hopi language that denotes “religion,” but this is the English word that comes closest to expressing the importance of ritual in Hopi life.
Hopi ceremonies developed over centuries to express the spiritual aspects Hopi life. This gentle people have preserved their cultural heritage despite hardships and the misguided efforts of the United States government to “assimilate” them into the “mainstream.” As children learn the Kachina dolls meanings, they develop an understanding of Hopi ritual. Respect for all living things and for the Creator are at the center of Hopi spiritual life.
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