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Kachinas are ritual dolls given to Hopi children, the most western people of the Pueblo Native Americans, who live in the southwestern United States. Named for their peace-loving nature (“hopituh shi-nu-mu” means “peaceful people”), the Hopi are on good terms with the spirits. Ancestors, clouds, gods of fire and rain, spirits both mischievous and beneficial are personified with masks in religious ceremonies. Boys from the age of six are initiated in these ceremonies, and are given wooden dolls painted in bright colors. Steeped in symbolism, the dolls represent the ties between the real world and the invisible world, and introduce the children to ancestral worship.

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