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  • n  a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
  • n  a deified spirit of the Pueblo people
  • n  a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift

  • The Indians enlisted the influence of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, himself a noted collector of kachina dolls.
  • From the Southwest, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Park Service have received complaints about Japanese versions of Navaho beadwork, Zuni jewelry, Hopi kachina .
  • The collection of colorful Hopi Indian kachina dolls was tagged for the Heard Museum in Phoenix.

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