Kachina Dolls

As we continue with our Native American unit, first graders took some time to learn about the Hopi tribe and their connection with Kachinas and Kachina dolls!  They believed that the a long time ago there were spirits called Kachinas and that the Kachina spirits would visit them during planting season.  The men of the tribe would dress up as Kachinas, wearing masks.  They would dance for the spirits hoping they would bring a lot of rain, a good harvest, and many animals to hunt.  Kachina dolls were created to help explain and teach the young children about the spirits.  First grade students made kachina dolls of their own and they will be a part of their Native American portfolios!

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