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HOPI CLOUD KACHINA

 

 

The Cloud Kachina, which has many interpretations by Hopi artists, appears in the Going Home Dance (Niman), which is held in mid-July and is the time when all Kachinas go to their ancestral home in the San Francisco Mountains above Flagstaff, Arizona. During this period, the Hopis pray for rain for their corn.  During the Going Home Dance the Kachina spirits will pause as they return to their ancestral homes.  If the people have been good and perform the dance correctly, rain will come to their crops.  If they have been bad, however, the Kachina will pass by the village and there will be no rain.