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Wawash Kachinum or Runner Kachinas


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Wawash Kachinum Runner Masks

wasash-runner-kachinasWawash Kachinum or Runner Kachinas are racers who appear in the spring ceremonies to challenge the men and boys of the villages to races. The belief is that the performance and outcome of these races affects how water will run down from the canyons. Runner kachinas generally have oversized eyes and scant clothing to enhance their running ability. They can carry yucca whips, throwing sticks and in the case of the Tsil kachina, hot chili peppers.
 

If the racer kachinas win they may strike the loser with yucca whips, throw sticks, hit or tear clothing from the loser. The Tsin will stuff hot chili peppers in the mouth of the loser. When the racing kachina loses he must reward the winner with a prize such as Piki bread.
 

Kachina types may cross match into one or more group since many kachinas are multi-faceted with numerous responsbilities and roles. Print and trace the designs onto multi-color fun craft foam sheets to create pliable and colorful soft face masks. Use left over trimmings of foam pieces to cut and paste intricate designs and shapes onto the mask.

For best results print on heavy duty vellum paper or card stock. All paper mask designs are printable on regular or heavy duty 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Print landscape mode for larger masks, portrait setting for smaller masks.

Wawash Kachinum or Runner

Tsil Chili Pepper Runner

The Tsil, Chili Pepper Kachina is one of the Wawarus (runner or racer) kachinas. Tsil usually wears a bunch of hot chili peppers on his helmet, carries a yucca whip and challenges men and boys to foot races. If the people win they receive Piki bread or gifts and prizes, but if Tsil catches them he fills their mouths with chili peppers or chili powder and may throw mud at them.

Aya or Crazy Rattle Runner

Aya or Crazy Rattle Runner's mask resembles the gourd rattles given to the children during the aya-runnerPowamu dances and initiation rites.

Runner kachinas carry yucca whips and challenge men and boys to foot races. If the people win they receive Piki bread or gifts and prizes, but if they lose they are struck with the yucca whips.

Puchkofmoktaka Scorpian, a Runner or Throwing Stick Man

Puchkofmoktaka Scorpian, a Runner or Throwing Stick Man. Runner kachinas carry yucca whips and challenge men and boys to foot races. If the people win they receive Piki bread or gifts and prizes, but if they lose they are struck with the yucca whips.

Tuskiapaya Crazy Rattle Runner Sikyachantaka

The Tuskiapaya Crazy Rattle appears in the spring Plaza Dances. This kachina is a variation of Sikyachantaka, an ancient kachina who danced to ward off famine. Other names for this kachina include Aya and Crazy Rattle Runner.

Like the other runner kachinas, Crazy Rattle challenges men and boys to races. It they win the kachina awards them with Piki bread but if they lose the race he will swat them several times with a yucca switch.

Kona Chipmunks

Kona Chipmunks are impersonated by the fastest racers and generally win the races. Runner kachinas carry yucca whips and challenge men and boys to foot races. If the people win they receive Piki bread or gifts and prizes, but if they lose they are struck with the yucca whips.kona-chipmonk

Sivu-i-kil Taka or Sivu-i-qiltaqa Pot Carrier Man

The Sivu-i-kil Taka or Sivu-i-qiltaqa is a racer kachina who appears in the Mixed Dances.

Other names for this kachina are Matya, Malatsmo, Malachpeta, Matyso, Hand Kachina and Pot-Carrier Man Kachina. His most distinctive markings are large hand prints on his face and chest.

Runner kachinas carry yucca whips and challenge men and boys to foot races. If the people win they receive Piki bread or gifts and prizes, but if they lose they are struck with the yucca whips.

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