Kachinas are powerful beings or spirits who could use their magical powers for the good and well-being of the people, bringing rainfall, healing, fertility, or protection. There are more than 400 different types of kachinas in the Southwest Indian Pueblo culture, and each Kachina holds different powers and influence. Kokopelli is the most famous of all the Kachina spirits. Kachinas are understood as having human like relationships and may marry and have children. Kachinas can have brothers, uncles, sisters, and grandmothers. Every Pueblo community has a local pantheon of Kachinas that represent the spirits of departed ancestors, spirits of nature, celestial bodies, plants, insects, birds and animals. Kachinas are believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year.

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