a bench with a view

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kachina

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

I have to admit of all the letters A to Z, K is my weakest one in the challenge this year and the hardest one to do. Lots of my faithful readers know who I would feature for K and lots of my faithful readers remember that sweet little corgi known as Koda. I could never really settle on K, maybe its not meant to be for me other than that little guy...... but for your viewing pleasure....

K - Kachina

Kachina is a spirit being in western Pueblo religious beliefs.  



These were on display at the Prescott Convention Center.  

Look little scary to me, what do you think?

42 comments:

joeh said...

They look like they have a picket fence on their heads.

TARYTERRE said...

I remember dear sweet Koda fondly. He used to light up our lives. I have a couple Kachina Dolls and they do look interesting to say the least. Like these on display. GREAT picture of them.

Sharon Himsl said...

Yes I've heard of this when studying Native American history in school. very interesting!

Intense Guy said...

Never heard of Kachina, I am learning a lot from your A to Z!

I miss hearing about Koda's antics.

Keiths Ramblings said...

I'm pleased they are not real! Scary chaps.

'Soon my child': a short story with 4 neglected K words!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Koda really did add a lot to your life and I know you have to miss him terribly. Kachinas are a bit scary looking, Maybe they are for chasing some evil sprits away!

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

They definitely look like they could defend themselves if necessary.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Bijoux said...

I've always loved the Kachina featured in so much artwork.

lyndagrace said...

Yes, I know K must have been a tough letter for you.

Maria Zannini said...

They're protection dolls aren't they?

I think I would've rather seen pictures of Koda. :)

Pat Hatt said...

They look like freaky dolls that are ready to come alive in some B horror movie haha

Joanne said...

they are unique. I'd say that's a good K word. Ka-ching - a winner

Lynn Proctor said...

Wow they're different!

Lynn Proctor said...

Wow they're different!

Liz A. said...

I think scary is part of the point. Hugs to you for this hard day. Koda is watching over from heaven.

J Hanna said...

It is funny how we all have letters that are challenging to write about. For me, the letter Q was a challenge because I could not really think of anything to do with that letter. I like the new bench view of the Grand Canyon, and remember when you used to live near the ocean.
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Kal said...

I just went through all your posts, I had no idea Arizona had so much to offer. Will try and remember to pop in at the end to see them all. Very cool!

Wendy said...

Returning the favour of your visit. Great theme. I've gone back over some of your posts - learning a lot about Arizona. Loved all those different instruments. I can't play anything, well I could probably manage a triangle or maracas lol

DMS said...

I don't think I have ever heard of these. Very interesting for sure!
~Jess

Wendy said...

I guess emotionally K is hard for you, but the Kachina should have been your first thought anyway. When we visited Sedona, Kachina dolls were everywhere you could buy a souvenir. But I admit, these look a bit more threatening than ones I saw for sale.

T. A. Miles said...

Those are depicted in a really interesting style. They kind of look like the ninja of Native America. :)

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

Yes they do look a little scary with those black masked faces and what looks to be a sort of tomahawk sword.

lillian888 said...

What an excellent word for K Day! My grandmother used to tell me about the Kachinas. I saw a Kachina dancer perform once, and that was impressive. So sorry about Koda. Thank you for visiting my blog.

jack69 said...

Oh yes, Koda. The first Corgi I ever met, albeit via the blog. Since meeting Koda I look forward to meeting Corgi owners walking so I can tell about Koda.
As to the Kachina, very interesting. I enjoy learning of new cultures. Now I will pay more attention to the Peublo. THANKS!

Sarah Allan said...

There's a lot of Native American culture in New Mexico too, and I think it's very neat to be able to learn about it all. Great K post!

Stephen Tremp said...

If I saw them running at me in a dark alley I'd turn and run.

Mevely317 said...

Bittersweet, the letter K. :(

My mother - who used to trade with the pueblo Indians - loved the Kachinas. Me, not so much... but a great representation of AZ many-faceted cultures!

Jerralea said...

Definitely scary!

I'm enjoying all the new things you are teaching us!

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

Reminds me of an Indian. Er...native American. I wonder who designs the idol, and how they get folks to believe in them. I wondered that while reading the Old Testament, too.

Paula Kaye said...

I can only imagine how much you miss Koda! Soon, maybe, you can have another wonderful dog!

Joy said...

It's interesting how many of the 'spirits' and 'gods' were scary looking. meant to be feared and looked to as strong and powerful i guess?

Joy @ The Joyous Living

Ruth said...

I think they are neat.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Yes, they do look a little scary to me. I've seen them quite a bit over the years in Southwestern artwork...

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Pretty sure I saw an angrier version of these in a video game or anime somewhere. Scary indeed.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've never heard of that one even though I've read some books about mythology that I thought included the southwest.

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Elizabeth said...

Koda must have been very precious to you, corgis are really unique dogs. I find kachinas scary-looking as well. I remember seeing them in gift shops all over the place in Arizona.

J.L. Campbell said...

Yup, that hatchet does carry somewhat of a scare factor.

Veronica Lee said...

Very interesting, Betty! I don't think I have ever heard of these.

Linda said...

Yep, I agree, "K" is reserved for Koda. "C" Corgi and "D" Dog, more generic.

shortybear said...

interesting

Sunni said...

I love Kachina dolls. I've seen all kinds of them over the years. These displayed look quite large and fierce.

We would have loved your post on Koda though, but I know you're trying to keep this AZ related this year.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Ann Bennett said...

Even though I don't believe in these religions; I always have a healthy respect for other people's religious symbols. No I would not put a few around my home. lol
I purchased some Asian statues at an estate sale. The people at the Chinese restaurant asked me to take pictures but not bring them in. He was polite but you never know what you have a symbol of.