Although the age and origin of katsina ceremonialism have long fascinated scholars, the reasons for its development have remained unexplored until now. E. Charles Adams here examines the concept of the katsina and the religion that developed around it, focusing on what makes katsinas unique, why the concept was developed, and what adaptive value it had for prehistoric Pueblo culture.
About the Author
E. Charles Adams is associate curator of archaeology at the Arizona State Museum. Since 1985 he has directed the Museum's Homol'ovi Research Program, which studies fourteenth-century pueblos in northeastern Arizona believed ancestral to the Hopis.