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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
To the delight of scholars of Native American studies and all other readers with even a passing interest in traditional Puebloan cultures of the American Southwest, Frederick Dockstader' s classic study, The Kachina and the White Man, now has been published in a revised and expanded version. This historical narrative of Hopi life, using spirit beings known as kachinas as its central focus, traces the changes and adaptations the Hopi have made in response to pressures placed upon that Indian culture by the seemingly -- inevitable contact with white society. In addition, the author describes in infinite detail the ceremonialism, costuming, masks, and other paraphernalia associated with the colorful Kachina dance rituals, and also discusses the Kachina " dolls" -- so popular among non-Indian art collectors and museum curators -- and places these figurines in proper cultural perspective, explaining their use in both educating and constantly reminding Hopi children of the religious beings and the appropriate behavior they represent.
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