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.