"[Lot of 16 - Kachinas]", Bureau of American Ethnology
Subject: Native Americans
Period: 1903 (published)
Publication: 21st Annual Report
Color: Printed Color
5.2 x 8.5 inches
13.2 x 21.6 cm
These colorful collotype plates are from this fascinating report by the American anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes on completion of his expedition to the Hopi Mesas. Believing that a series of pictures made by Hopi artists would be a valuable means of studying the symbolism of the tribe, he arranged for the best artists to make a series of drawings of all the kachinas that appear in Hopi festivals. The author found three skilled Hopi artists to paint the collection. They were Kutcahonauu (White-bear), Homovi, and Winuta. Unfortunately, the individual artist responsible for each drawing was not identified in his report. Each plate has a number of the various kachinas. Includes the great plate featuring the snake dancers.