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Angwusnasomtaka

by Ryan Tuccinardi
Crow Mother. Angwusnasomtaka is a wuya, and a mothering kachina figure. She is considered the archetypal mother of all the hú, or, alternatively, of all kachinas. During powamu, she leads the initiation ceremony for the new children. She is also in charge of whipping the initiates with yucca whips. She also often leads other kachinas into a ceremony, often carrying corn kernels and bean sprouts as a symbol of fertility and good luck for the upcoming new planting season.

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