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A Brief History on Native American Kachinas

A Brief History on Native American Kachinas

Native American Kachinas have a rich and varied history beyond the fact that they are most often recognized as wooden, carved dolls. The “original” kachinas were supernatural spirits and beings.  These mostly benevolent entities once lived among the Native American... Read more

Kachinas Part 3: The Creation of Kachina Dolls

We’ve come to part three in our three-part series on kachina dolls. In the first blog, we talked about the history and spiritual importance of the kachinas. In the second, we looked at the individual kachinas and their spiritual and ceremonial roles. This blog will... Read more
About Kachinas, Part 2: Names and Purposes

About Kachinas, Part 2: Names and Purposes

Last month, we featured part 1 of our 3 part blog series on Native American Indian kachinas. There, we detailed the myths, legends and spiritual beliefs behind the kachinas and their doll counterparts. This month, we’re exploring the kachinas you’ll find and their... Read more

About: Kachinas: Part One

At Palms Trading Company, you’ll find many hand-carved kachina dolls from Native American Indian craftsmen from around the Southwest. But kachinas are more than art — they are a part of a rich, spiritual tradition. What Are Kachinas? Although many think of the dolls... Read more

Halloween Masks and Kachinas

Halloween has its roots in Celtic culture, where November 1 marked the New Year. On the day before the New Year, October 31, ancient Celts believed that portals opened enabling the dead to take humans to the spirit world. Over time, Romans and Christians influenced... Read more