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HOPI AND NAVAJO OGRE KACHINA

 

 

 

The Ogre Kachina is called Nata-aska (Black Ogre) and Wiharu (White Ogre) by the Hopi.  Navjao artist Larry Hobbs carved this representation of the Ogre Kachina from a cotton wood root, using water colors, leather, rabbit fur, shells, and feathers.  According to both Pueblo and Navajo traditions, the Ogres accompany Soyoko on her trip to collect food for children, but like the Anglo “boogeymen,” Indian mothers discipline their children with stories that Ogres will swallow them whole if they don’t behave.

 
 

 

 

 



























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