Greetings from Gallup, New Mexico, where you’ll find this Big Kachina Statue welcoming you to town.
Kachina dolls (or Hopi katsina figures) are wooden figures typically made to teach young children or new brides the stories and significance of katsinas, the spirit beings that control the natural world.
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Since the 1950s there’s been at least one Big Kachina Statue in Gallup, New Mexico. Previously this big yellow sculpture stood outside of a visitors center on top of a sturdy base that declared “GALLUP NEW MEXICO THE INDIAN CAPITAL” or “GALLUP NEW MEXICO HEART OF INDIAN COUNTRY.”
Nowadays the base is gone and the Big Kachina Statue stands on extended legs in front of a small park and the local fire office.
Visiting Gallup, New Mexico on your Route 66 road trip? Check out these other nearby roadside attractions:
Spending the night in town? Book a room at the historic El Rancho Hotel!
Big Kachina Statue
Address: 827 Joseph M Montoya Blvd, Gallup, NM 87301
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible