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Kachina: Big Horn Sheep

Part of the collection of Kachinas, known as the animal spirits, the Big Horn Sheep Kachina always depicts the male Ram of the species. It is also called the Ram Kachina. Prominent features of the doll include the horns, evergreens and fox hide, as are the neck and forearm jewelry, and the human hands and decorated sticks.

The Ram is known to protect his flock, which includes sheep, kids, and other young rams. The alpha male is the one expected to sire the next generation, so it is revered among the species of wild animals.

The horns of the Ram are both shown with realistic golden mean proportions. The Kachina is easily distinguished from any single horned animals from the spirit world.[1] The Big Horn Sheep is the totem of some tribes and is held in reverence by many Hopi and other Native American tribes.



[1] http://www.ancientnations.com/david_roy_mountain_sheep.html

[2] For more musings on the Big Horn Sheep, you are invited to view the following Witness Post of a personal spirit animal: