The Long-haired Kachina is one of the most pervasive of all kachinas. It is danced from the Rio Grande to the Hopi Mesas in almost the same form. Their purpose is to bring rain, and it is said that they seldom dance without the appearance of a soft gentle rain to help the crops grow.
They appear in a group and sing a very melodious song which may be one of the reasons that they are such favorites. They are often used for the Niman Kachina on First Mesa coming with the Kocha Mana. In fact they have danced in late August on First Mesa in direct contradiction to the feeling that only Masau'u can be danced out of season. Probably this was due to the presence of the Tewa people who do not have a closed kachina season.
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Edited by Rufus, 02 June 2011 - 08:58 PM.