Kachina Doll (Palhikmana)
Arts of the Americas
late 19th century
Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund
This Kachina doll is probably Palhikmana based on the shape of the rectangular eyes, headdress and face design. It has a Tihu style body- that is a flat, rectangular form. It is wearing the cloud form headdress. This style of Kachina is usually given to young children during a dance.
Palhikmana is a female dancer that appears during the Night Dances as a Polimana or Butterfly Maiden or can appear as a corn grinding maiden. Her role is to dance with a male partner accompanied by songs from the Mudhead. Women who are in the initiation dance for the Marau Society, a women's society, are also called Palhikmana.
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Hopi Pueblo. Kachina Doll (Palhikmana), late 19th century. Wood, pigment, 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1904, Museum Collection Fund, 04.297.5535. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 04.297.5535.jpg)
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