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Angak’china (Longhair) Kachina, c. 1990 by Hank Naha Sr., Hopi

Angak’china (Longhair) Kachina, c. 1990 by Hank Naha Sr., Hopi

Regular price $700.00 Sale

Angak’china (Longhair) Kachina, c. 1990
by Hank Naha Sr., Hopi
cottonwood, pigment
17.5” tall x 5” wide x 4” deep

The Long Hair Kachina is a singer of sweet songs who brings rain and flowers. His beard and loose tassels of feathers symbolize rain and clouds. They appear as dancers in a group at Niman and at plaza dances with manas. Their purpose is to bring rain, and it is said that they seldom dance without the appearance of a soft gentle rain. 

The Long Hair is danced from the Rio Grande to the Hopi Mesas in almost the same form.  Among the Hopis there are many varieties but the regular Angak'china is the one shown here.  They appear in a group and sing a very melodious song which may be one of the reasons that they are such favorites.

They are often used for the Niman Katsina on First Mesa coming with the Köcha Mana.  In fact, they have danced in late August on First Mesa in direct contradiction to the feeling that only Masau'u can be danced out of season.  This is probably due to the fact that the Hopi-Tewa populate First Mesa and have no restrictions to such appearances.