& Spirit Helpers
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Hopis recognize over 250
Kachinas or spirits, each with its own appearance and behavior.
They are difficult to classify because
they differ from mesa to mesa, village to village, clan to clan.
Certain Kachinas have a name that
is based on their appearance, the name of a bird or mammal,
a name for sounds it utters or a name that does not translate.
Kachinas can be male or female,
can represent a quality, other Indian groups, animals or plants.
Old Kachinas can disappear and new
ones can be introduced. Certain kachinas always appear in the
They are believed to be ancient and
generally beneficent beings although there are demons among
them who threaten children [like the boogie-man].
There are 30 official, or chief Kachinas
that take principal parts in the major nine-day ceremonies the
first half of the year. They dance individually rather than
There are Kachina ceremonies, Dances,
dolls, and societies. Kachinas bring rain, healing, fertility,
or punishment for ritual wrongdoing. In most cases they are
spiritual friends and allies.
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