Hopi kachina dolls are typically carved from cottonwood root, by Native Americans from the Hopi Pueblo. In the Hopi language they are referred to as: tithu or katsintithu. Traditionally, these carvings are used to teach young women and brides about “katsinas”-the immortal beings that bring weather, such as rain, and control the natural world and society. These “katsinas” also act as messengers between humans and the spiritual world.