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This catalogue is a collection of mentored senior student research papers that accompanied the exhibition Kachinas of the Southwest: Dances, Dolls, and Rain at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures. The exhibit explored the Pueblo people’s Kachina tradition based on their belief that spiritual beings exist in everything. Topics in the book cover the origin and development of the Kachina cult, a survey of the evidence for macaws and ballcourts in the greater southwest, and evidence for Quetzalcoatl influences in the southwest and northern Mexico.
Glenna Nielsen-Grimm was a co-curator of the exhibit Touching the Past: Traditions of the Casas Grandes at the Museum of People and Cultures. She is the anthropology collections manager at the Utah Museum of Natural History.
Table of Contents:
List of Figures
Southwest Cultures and the Kachina Cult ~ Glenna Nielsen-Grimm
The Origin and Development of the Pueblo Katsina Cult ~ Adrien Mooney
Survey of the Macaw: Distribution, Habitat, Handling, and Ritual Use in the Greater Southwest ~ Megan Hutchins
The Ballcourt: A Mesoamerican Phenomenon ~ Kyle Futrelle
Mesoamerica's Quetzalcoatl and Its Evidence in the American Southwest and Northern Mexico ~ Brittany Wurtz