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Hand kachina also known as the Runner 'wawash'. This kachina stages races with Hopi children and rewards or punishes them. As spirits of the invisible life forces, kachinas were impersonated during masked ceremonies, their main purpose to bring rain for the spring crops. The dolls were used as mnemonic devices. Country of Origin: USA. Culture: Hopi Indian. Date/Period: 20th C. Material Size: Wood. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/Private Collection . Location: 06.