John Steele
The Indians
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1048
We Bring the Rain

1048 WE BRING THE RAIN

LEFT TO RIGHT:
TWO DANIK'CHINA (CLOUD GUARD KACHINA)
TUKWINONG (CUMULUS CLOUD KACHINA, MAN)
HOPI SHALAKO TAKA (HOPI CLOUD MAN)
HOPI SHALAKO MANA (HOPI CLOUD GIRL)
TUKWINONG MANA (CUMULUS CLOUD KACHINA, GIRL)
TWO DANIK'CHINA (CLOUD GUARD KACHINA)
IN THE FOREGROUND
HAHAI-I WUHTI (POUR WATER WOMAN)

These Rain Bringer Kachinas dance during the spring and summer months to aid the growing plants. The tall Hopi Shalako Taka who appears with the Shalako Mana represents all of the Cloud People. On either side of them are Tukwinong and Tukwinong Mana who appear in the Shalako ceremony. Tukwinong is said to represent the rains which fall from the thunderheads.

His sister, Tukwinong Mana, carries a tray of cornmeal divided into the four directional colors which represent the clouds of each direction. Four Danik'Chinas serve as the uncles of the Shalakos and function as guards. Up front is Hahai-I Wuhti who is said to be the mother of all Kachina. In the Hopi Shalako ceremony she leads the group into the plaza, positions them and points out each move the Shalakos make.

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