Katsina dolls -- sometimes called kachina dolls by non-Hopis -- are a frequent sight around the Southwest. These dolls represent hundreds of Hopi spiritual beings special to religious practices. The dolls are typically colorful and ornate, with or without masks, capes, and other accoutrements such as spears, knives or instruments, all of which offer representation of the spirit's “job.” The dolls’ origins date back more than 150 years, and more recently katsinas have evolved into fine art. Hundreds of examples of katsina dolls, both traditional and contemporary, will be exhibited and for sale during the 13th Annual Katsina Doll Marketplace. Numerous local artists will be in attendance to discuss the makeup and meaning of their dolls.
Doll up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue. Marketplace admission is free, and museum admission is $18 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $7.50 for students with ID and children 6 to 12, and free for those younger than 6. Visit www.heard.org.