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kachina

noun ka·chi·na \kə-ˈchē-nə\

Definition of kachina

  1. 1 :  one of the deified ancestral spirits believed among the Hopi and other Pueblo Indians to visit the pueblos at intervals

  2. 2 :  one of the elaborately masked kachina impersonators that dance at agricultural ceremonies

  3. 3 :  a doll representing a kachina



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Variants of kachina

also katchina or katcina \kə-ˈchē-nə\

Origin of kachina

Hopi qacína


First Known Use: 1888


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