Definition of "kachina" [kachina]

  • Any of numerous deified ancestral spirits of the Pueblo peoples, believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year. (noun)
  • A masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony. (noun)
  • A carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit, usually presented as a gift to a child. (noun)

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Use "kachina" in a sentence
  • "The word kachina is a little confusing since it refers to the dolls, which have no power."
  • "Phoenix's character chooses to live life in the Nevada desert as a hermit making Navajo kachina dolls that he believes have magical powers (a kachina is a spirit in western Pueblo cosmology and religious practices)."
  • ""ka", part of the word kachina, the Hopi spirits, of which Masau'u was one."