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Year-long Katsinam Exhibit Begins at USD

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Originally Hopi Indian Katsinam (Kachinas)Â were carved only for Hopi ceremonial purposes and only by Hopi carvers. But today images of the supernatural spirits are found everywhere  from T-shirts to opera sets.

That tension is explored in a new year-long exhibit “Katsina: Commodified and Appropriated Images of Hopi Supernaturals”  at the University of San Diego’s David W. May American Indian Collection and Gallery. Some 30 of the colorful carved figures representing Hopi spirits are included in the exhibit along with posters, novelties, quilts and other items showing their use in popular culture. (Full Story on Inside USD)

 

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