Ahote Kachina by Christopher Pardell,
Legends Kachina Dancers Native American Collection Limited to 2,500 pc's. Issued January 1991.
Color brochure with all the stories will accompany the collection.
A true symbol of the Hopi and Zuni spiritual life, Kachinas are believed to be supernatural beings with vast powers to confer prosperity in the form of
abundant harvest. Living part of the year disembodied spirits in their own land, they leave their homes and travel to the world of mortals upon the arrival of the winter solstice. Taking up residence within the bodies
of men, they remain there until the Niman Kachina festival in July.
"Around here our crops and our plants are growing poorly. You will come soon to bring them drink When they have grown . . . when . . . the little ones taste them
they will surely be happy. Therefore, you will come soon to bring us drink." -The Kachina Fathers
Ahote, (or A'Hote) is also an extremely popular Kachina because of his well-liked songs. He appears as a group in the ordinary Kachina dances and sometimes in the Niman.
Once seen with a buckskin kilt and silver belt coupled with presence of the yellow triangle on his face, the dance of this colorful Kachina forecasts the flowers of spring. Therefore, the symbols between his eyes and on his
forehead are said to be those of flowers.