Hopi Kachinas

Kachina Dolls- Individual Names and Meanings

Zuni Shalako

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Zuni Shalako
The Shalako festival of Zuni, which occurs every year at the beginning of December, but sometimes falls near the end of November, is a remarkable sacred drama, enacted in the open for the double purpose of invoking the divine blessing upon certain newly-built houses, and of rendering to the gods of Zuni thanks for the harvests of the year. The exact date of the coming of the Shalako is fixed each year by a formula of the Zuni Bow priests, which traditionally was the 49th day past the tenth full moon, but has been altered to the weekend nearest the 49th day past the tenth full moon.
Posted by Andre Duvall on December 15, 2009 Full Size| Slideshow

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3 Comments

Reply David
11:37 AM on December 2, 2010 
The Hopi have both a male and female version of Shalako. . .tall but far different from the Zuni Shalako and they dance in a much different way and time of year and the dance they are in is not a very common event as it is at Zuni. But I rather like the doll you have.
Reply Andre Duvall
9:05 PM on December 1, 2010 
You may be right. I didn't know the Hopi had Shalako. Shalako bring rain and it has a rain symbol on it.
Reply David
2:42 PM on December 1, 2010 
The doll you have above is a version of the Hopi Shalako not the Zuni one. . .in fact it there are things on it that lead me to believe that it it not even fully Hopi but bits and piece of other kachinas and even has made up parts.

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