A kachina doll.
kachina definition by Webster's New World
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kachina definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Hopi katsina, supernatural being, masked impersonator of a supernatural being.
Variant of kachina