Sunface Kachina represents the spirit of the sun. This leader
of ceremonies brings warmth, shelter for the old, a bright future,
and playfulness for the young. Essential to life and growth.
White Cloud Kachina represents the beauty of the clouds and
brings moisture for the crops.
Rain PRiest: Kachina is said to have power over the rain, but his
main purpose is to accompany the Shalako during the Rain Dance.
Mouse is not a dancer, but is a hero of the Second Mesa
legend. A mouse undertook the task of ridding the village of a
pesky chicken hawk. He did this by taunting the hawk and
eventually tricking him into diving onto a stake. He is also known
as the Warrior Mouse.
Kachina dances for the gods to bring rain, which is essential for
the growth of crops. He also protects homes by warding off
the beginning, Raven was first and foremost a Creator and
Trickster god - especially of the Haida (Northwest
who claim he discovered the first humans hiding in a clam shell
and brought them berries and salmon. Raven is also the
long-suffering victim of arch-rival in trickery, the Coyote.
Apache Crown Dancer Kachina is also known as the Mountain Spirit
Dancer. He possesses the power to heal and treats his patients by
blowing away the sickness.
is a game animal whose purpose is to dance for others of his kind.
This Kachina also aids in bringing rain, making the grass grow,
and ensuring there is plentiful food for the future.
Horn Kachina is a warrior who dances furiously, making pleasant
and rhythmic sounds. He is a guard Kachina and represents
swiftness and action.