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Advanced Search. Kwahu, or Eagle Dancer, usually appears in a troupe of several dancers, spreading feathered wings and squawking and imitating eagle behavior while the Koyemshi Mudhead Kachinas sing to him.

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The Eagle Dance is a prayer for good crops, rain, and plentiful eagle feathers. Because the eagle is considered sacred, its feathers are important in many ceremonies. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form charges apply.

Libraries, Archives, and Museums , and Copyright Watch. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. View as: Grid List. Baskets Miniature Baskets View All Basketry is probably the oldest and most wide-spread craft and art developed by the American Indians.

Baskets can be made from many kinds of materials, but generally plant stems, either whole or split, are used.


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In some cases the stems or stalks are peeled for the bark or interior fibers, or root fibers and leaves and grass stems are used. Baskets can be woven out of almost anything, but it requires great skill and much knowledge.

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The roots, stems, bark, leaves and flowers of different plants produce the broad range of colors in most baskets. Identical plant materials gathered in different seasons may produce different colors. Some basketmakers used commercial dyes to obtain colors not available from plants or to alter or intensify the effects produced by vegetal material. But most basketmakers today prefer to produce their colors in traditional ways or experiment with plants near their homes. Basketmakers must be knowledgeable about which plants in their area are suitable for the kind of baskets the maker intends to create and the colors desired: where they grow, their special properties, the best season to gather them, and how they must be processed and stored.

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The cutest little owl kachina. Worth every penny! Love it. Looks even better than the picture. Very well made and an excellent addition to my husbands collection.

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In Stock. Very nice craftsmanship! Purchased as a gift, and it went over quite well.