Navajo Made Priest Killer Kachina Dancer Doll
During the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Indians of New Mexico and Arizona revolted against the Catholic Church in an attempt to retain their religious freedom. Legend states that a Hopi named Yowe killed and beheaded a Franciscan priest. After this incident, the Hopi referred to Yowe or the Priest Killer as an Ogre Kachina that had the power to punish others.
This Navajo Kachina is authenticated by the artist’s signature on the bottom of the stand.