Hopi Kachina Dolls
The third graders have been studying the Hopi Native Americans in art class and their Kachina dolls. They learned about how the Hopis carve Kachina dolls from wood to educate the children about the Hopi Kachina spirits. There are over 200 Kachina spirits! Each Kachina represents a different part or belief of Hopi culture. Before starting their project the students decided what their Kachina would represent, and then tried to decorate it with symbols that would represent their idea. They used oil pastels to color and stuffed and sewed the sides of their Kachina together to give their doll form.