Kachina Doll Meanings
This is a short list of some of the most popular Kachina dolls and their historical meanings. Many times, Kachinas have been given to others as gifts for celebrations or accomplishments. We’ve included a list of events or people that the Kachina may be a good match for, but any Kachina is beautiful and can be appreciated as a gift to another or to one’s self.
Passage to other Mesas.
Bringer of Rain.
Also known as “Mountain God”, protects the Apache tribe in war, often used in coming-of-age ceremonies for girls.
Prayers to Badger Kachina include giving healing herbs, believed to aid in curing the sick.
People in the medical field.
Used in dances for a plentiful crop of beans.
Its presence represents great power, and is used in prayers to cure the sick.
Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day
Recognized for holding Yucca whips to enforce community well-being.
Very powerful Kachina, a great spiritual protector against evil.
Significant birthdays, life-changing events (moving, etc).
Its presence is used to assure there will be enough food for the winter season.
Brings butterflies to the medicine man who uses them in medications.
People in the medical field.
Resurrects those that have fallen from the sky and returns them to the stars.
Lovers of astronomy or astrology.
The Ancient Kachina, embodies the great power of knowledge.
Lovers of books, learning, and wisdom.
Presented to purify the women who grind corn for ceremonies.
Its presence watches over children as they play.
Used in dances to call for more deer to the land so that there is plenty to eat.
Kachina of strength and power.
A very beautiful Kachina representing the happiness of a successful harvest.
Birthday and accomplishment gifts, in-home display
Used as amusement in ceremonies. The three hoops represent Life, Death, and Reemergence.
Encouragement for those in the entertainment industry.
Represents the preparation of food from a successful harvest.
Tricky Kachina, loves to impersonate others, especially runners.
Known as a flute player, Kokopelli is the fertility god.
This Kachina is believed to do everything in the opposite fashion.
Those who seek new ideas and innovation.
A warrior Kachina.
Kachina that mixes herbs and advises on preventing and curing sickness.
Anyone in the medical field.
Believed to appear on the rooftops to sing songs that awaken the village.
Baby showers, newlyweds.
Particularly skillful warrior that protects the village.
A Kachina that acts as a clown for amusement.
Entertainers and lovers of comedy.
Accompanied with Black Ogre for display
Appears when children are naughty to scare them into being good.
Accompanied with White Ogre for display
The Grandfather Kachina, sings songs that bring a successful season for growing.
Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Birthdays
Symbol of intelligence and wisdom. His presence is said to destroy rodents and others that may harm crops.
A Kachina said to have accompanied a blind man and helped him hunt and travel.
Those going through recovery.
Represents peace and harmony between all tribes.
Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, Celebrations
Used in dances to encourage more ram for a good hunting season.
Red Tail Hawk
A scarcely seen Kachina, secretive.
One who seeks encouragement during their pursuits.
Its presence wards off witchcraft from homes.
This Kachina blesses the seeds that go into the harvest
Gardeners and plant lovers
A magnificent Kachina standing seven to eight feet tall.
Instructs snakes to bring messages to the deities to ask for rain.
Those seeking promotion or new steps in life.
Appears to bring the cold weather for winter.
Aides in producing large amounts of quality corn.
Gardeners, cooks, and bakers.
Its presence brings warmth and a bright future, also shelters the old while encouraging playfulness for the young.
Birthdays, family holidays, accomplishment gifts.
A war Kachina doll.
Those who seek security.
Its presence encourages the clouds to rain on the crops.
A Kachina that is prayed to before hunting, as it possesses knowledge in finding game.
Aids hunters in their pursuit of food for their tribe.
Father’s Day, appreciation gift
Zuni Rain Priest
Accompanies the Shaiko to bring rain.
In-hope display, appreciation gift