Kachina (pronounced kah-CHEE-nah) dolls are traditional, hand-carved wooden dolls made by Hopi Indians of the southwestern US. Each Kachina doll represents a spirit in life. Some typical spirits represented by the Hopi in Kachina dolls include: the chief, the corn maiden, the ceremonial dancer, the singer, the ogre, the buffalo, the badger, the crow, the hawk, clouds, the sun, and the rainbow.
You can design your Kachina doll to represent anything you’d like!
- A toilet paper or other cardboard tube
- Hot glue (and paper glue if you're using construction paper for the clothing)
- A styrofoam ball or a ping-pong ball (or another object for the doll's head, like clay or a small box)
- Tempera paint, acrylic paint, and/or markers
- Scraps of construction paper, felt, and/or fabric
- Feathers, beads, buttons, shells, ribbons, and other decorative objects
- Thick cardboard, cut from a sturdy box (for the doll's base)
Decorate the base using paint, paper, beads, or anything else that fits into the theme of your doll.
You now have your own Kachina doll!