Medium: Oil On Linen On Board
Derived from Spanish for cow, “vaca,” Waka Kachina well illustrates the variation and harmony seen in Kachinas. Each village, each carver, each time period may have a different Waka, yet each embodies a certain likeness. Waka is the spirit of the cow, and a feather from him would bring abundance to a household’s stock of cattle. In this large-scale painting, Farnsworth puts you in the presence of the Waka, capturing the personality of the Kachina and the dancer.