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Early col­oration of katsina dolls in­clude nat­u­ral min­eral paints of a dark sage green, pink, yel­low and red ochre. A good way to help date early katsi­nam is to use ex­am­ples that are well doc­u­mented age­wise and found in mu­se­ums, and com­pare th­ese ex­am­ples to pieces be­ing of­fered for sale. The Heard Mu­seum, the Mu­seum of North­ern Ari­zona and the Millicent Rogers Mu­seum all con­tain qual­ity ex­am­ples of early katsina dolls. The Amerind Mu­seum in Ari­zona also has two ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of early katsina dolls. His­toric min­eral pig­ments are ex­tremely dif­fi­cult and some­times im­pos­si­ble to re­pro­duce, so they are an ex­cel­lent ob­jec­tive marker for older dolls.

Nu­vak’chin or Snow Maiden katsina, ca.1890-1900, ap­pears in Snow Dance or Ni­man Katsina Dance.

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