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Anyone familiar with the arts and crafts of the southwestern United States will most likely recognize Kachina Dolls as a form of Native American art. These various dolls represent Kachinas which are spirits or personifications of natural forces relating to or fulfilling an important role in their culture. For instance, Bear Kachina represents great power to heal the sick. Corn Maiden Kachina is said to purify women who grind the corn for food, ceremonies, and so on. Cloud Kachina, also known as White Cloud Kachina and sometimes Snow Kachina, represents the beauty of the clouds in the sky and the monumental importance of rain to provide moisture for crops here in the arid southwest. Please know that I do not presume to be an expert on Pueblo Indian culture, nor am I attempting to appropriate this sacred symbol for my own benefit. I simply tuned into this energy one day and felt compelled to express it in my own way. Just as â€œGodâ€ has many different names all over the world - so do forces of nature. I chose to call this one by the name used by the first American peoples because thatâ€™s what made the most sense to me living here in the southwestern United States, particularly Arizona - home to the Hopi people who hold these spiritual energies in highest esteem. There are other reasons as well â€” one that involves a personal experience I had literally inside of a cloud on top of Mt. Humphries - one of the San Francisco peaks where the Hopis believe the Kachinas reside. But that is another story that remains to be told on a separate website called "Dances with Cloud Kachina" which is now OPEN and ONGOING at http://www.cloudkachinadances.com. Go there to learn more about these photos and other mysterious dances of Cloud Kachina as seen through my camera and my eyes!
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