Hopi Kachina Maker
IMPORTANT CULTURAL WARNINGS FOR CHILDREN AND TRIBAL MEMBERS:
IMPORTANT: 00:00:49-00:00:58 shows wooden effigies that are sacred and not meant to be shown.
IMPORTANT: 00:05:50 Mr. Honanie explains information that uninitiated children should NOT be privy to.
Establishing shot: Film opens overlooking First Mesa, Village of Walpi. The camera then zooms in and focuses on the homes of the Walpi village.
Major themes covered: The meaning of the kachina doll and its significance in Hopi culture.
Native activities shown: Hopi man making a kachina doll.
Individuals Named: Hubert Honanie, Water Clan
Native language spoken: Hopi is sung as the kachina doll is made.
Audible: Good quality audio, but it is cut strangely at times. It also goes out in the last few minutes of the film
Noteworthy elements: Good explanation of the significance of the kachina doll for the Hopi, by a Hopi kachina maker as he makes a kachina doll. Mr. Honanie explains the colors and meaning of the different kachina figures, and who the carvers are.
Other notes: Some of the transitions between frames are awkwardly pieced together. Some of the audio also cuts and breaks off in strange places. For example, the last three minutes of the film is unedited film without sound.
--Andie Belone (Hopi), 2012