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Kwahu/ Hopi Eagle Kachina, White Sands Missile Range

Patrick Nagatani

(Chicago, 1945 - October 27, 2017, Albuquerque)

1989

Ilfocolor print

20 in. x 24 in. (50.8 cm x 60.96 cm)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos

2008.143

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In the Nuclear Enchantment series, Nagatani often combines cultural and religious symbols with scenes showcasing weaponry. The Kwahu Kachina, seen in this photograph, is a spirit from the Hopi religion who participates in celebrations held in March. Dancers costumed as Kwahu mimic the movements of eagles and symbolize a prayer for more of the majestic birds, who are considered “honored guests” by the Hopi.

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Native American
Nuclear
United States