Insects Symbols for Kachinas

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Insect Kachina Symbols

butterflyPrintable Native American symbols, patterns and decorations for young children to print, cut out with scissors, color, and decorate with crayons, markers, glitter, feathers, yarn, colorful papers and fabrics.

Each symbol or pattern has a brief overview of the Hopi religious and ceremonial meaning and purpose of the design plus links to one or more educational resource for further study. Children can use these patterns and designs to decorate kachinas.

Decorated kachinas will make great wall hanging decorations for both children and grown-up parties with thematic events.

Print and trace the designs onto multi-color fun craft foam sheets to create pliable and colorful soft faces. Use left over trimmings of foam pieces to cut and paste intricate designs and shapes onto the.

Kachina Indian Symbols

Butterflies, Mariposa

dragon fliesButterflies and other insects are frequently found in Native American myths and legends. You can find butterflies in pottery designs, woven into blankets and articles of clothing and other works of art.

The butterfly is a prominent figure in the Hopi culture. The Hopi "Butterfly Clan," and other pueblos, hold annual, ritual Butterfly Dances in August and early September.

As with most kachina ceremonies, the Butterfly Dance is a prayer for rain, health, crop production and long life for all living things. The butterfly is also revered because they show the way to the flowers and herbs that medicine men use in their healing rituals.

There are three Butterfly Kachinas:

  • Poli Sio Hemis Kachina (Zuni Hemis Butterfly Kachina)
  • Poli Taka (Butterly Man)
  • Poli Mana (Butterfly Girl)