Crop and Plant Symbols for Kachinas

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Crops: Maize Peppers Cactus Symbols

cactusPrintable 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

chiliesChili Peppers

Chili Peppers have long been a staple in human diet since at least 7500 BC. Archaeological evidence suggest that chili peppers were one of the first cultivated, self-pollinating crops in the Central and South Americas.

Dried chilies can last a very long time and when ground to powders can be used not only to to spice up food but to ward off evil spirits and by healers to apply as a medicinal herb.

You can find chili peppers in Hopi culture with the Tsil Chili Pepper Kachina and as drawings or carvings in pottery, blankets and clothing and other artworks.

Maize Corn

corn maizeAgriculture and corn are vital components to the Hopi culture. Corn is considered to be a symbol of life as well as a vital food source. Hopi culture is often referred to as "corn culture" because they practice dry land farming which depends 100% upon rain in a harsh and dry area that receives only around 12 inches of rain a year.

The Corn Kachina, or Mana, Kachina Maiden represents the degree of importance maize or corn has within the Hopi culture. Abstract corn symbols often appear in pottery, clothing and blankets and other artworks and carvings.


bean sproutsCactus

Flower Blossomsflower cactus