Kachinas: Angwusnasomtaka, Talavai and Palavitkuna


My Kachinas:  Angwusnasomtaka, Talavai and Palavitkuna

Dave Shaddix has created an awesome trio of Kachinas.

I have to admit, I’m not an expert on Hopi kachinas, but Dave did his research. He’s added a description with each picture of the individual kachinas.


Talavai or Early Morning Singer Kachina:

The Talavai Kachina used to appear in pairs on the rooftops and sing songs, waking the Hopi people in the village. During the day, they would dance with the other kachinas, whom they led and prompted in the singing. It is also called Silent Kachina, although it sings. It is seen on all three mesas and comes in pairs during the Bean Dance and stands to one side of the procession holding its small spruce tree and bell.

You can check out the descriptions of Angwusnasomtaka and Palavitkuna on his Flickr photostream.


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