You know that scene in The Little Mermaidwhen Ariel’s singing about having “whosits and whatsits galore”, amongst her vast varied collection of items from different adventures? Well, that’s kind of what it’s like in the DDR storage room(s). You can’t even fathom the range of what you’ll find in there. But here’s the thing: every single piece was hand-selected, for a reason and with a purpose. And to an astounding degree, Cheryl can tell you the story behind almost every one of them – where she found it, why she bought it, how she plans to use it, and more often than not, the origin of it and others like it.
Most recently, throughout the Grand Canyon collection, we got an artifact education on her curated collection of kachinas.
Kachinas (or katsinas) are figures crafted by the Hopi people, most often carved out of cottonwood, that represent different deities that are integral to the culture. The original purpose of these figurines was to teach young girls and new brides about these spiritual beings believed to bring rain, control other aspects of the natural world and society, and act as messengers between humans and the spirit world.