Hopi Reservation, Bacavi, Arizona
Samantha Sekaquaptewa shares a story about receiving a Katsina doll during a Hopi ceremony. Only girls receive tihus, or Katsina dolls. Young girls who have displayed exceptional character may receive a tihu during a ceremony. A Katsina doll is a miniature representation of one of the many Katsina spirits. These dolls are given as a blessing that the girls will bear children later in life and to encourage them to develop their maternal instincts.