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kachina

[kuh-chee-nuh] /kəˈtʃi nə/
noun
1.
any of various ancestral spirits deified by the Hopi Indians and impersonated in religious rituals by masked dancers.
2.
a Hopi religious ritual at which such masked dancers perform.
3.
a masked dancer impersonating such a spirit at a Hopi religious ritual.
Also, katcina, katchina.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < Hopi ḳacína < Keresan (Santa Ana) k̉â˙cina (or a cognate word)
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kachina

/kəˈtʃiːnə/
noun
1.
any of the supernatural beings believed by the Hopi Indians to be the ancestors of living humans
Word Origin
from Hopi qačina supernatural
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