pl. -·nas or -·na
- in Pueblo folklore, a beneficent spirit, either a minor deity or the spirit of an ancestor
- a male dancer impersonating such a spirit
- the mask worn by the dancer
- a small, wooden doll representing such a spirit
Origin of kachinaHopi ?acína ; from Keresan: compare Santa Ana Keresan kâcina
- Any of numerous deified ancestral spirits of the Pueblo peoples, believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year.
- A masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony.
- A carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit, usually presented as a gift to a child.
Origin of kachinaHopi katsina, supernatural being, masked impersonator of a supernatural being.
- A vaguely ancestral anthropomorphic spirit being, associated with clouds and rain or personifying the power in the sun, the earth, or corn (among other things).
- A wooden doll, as might be given to a child, which represents such a being.
- A masked dancer who represents such a being in a ceremonial dance or masked ceremony.
From Hopi qatsina.