GUEST: Actually, my great-uncle is an archaeologist/optometrist.
And it came from his basement, which, he used to have all kinds of good things in his basement, so... APPRAISER: Oh... And where did he get it?
GUEST: He did it... he said that he got it from a dig somewhere in New Mexico, and that's all I really know about it.
APPRAISER: Well, it's not from New Mexico.
It's never been buried.
GUEST: Oh, my!
APPRAISER: And... (laughs) And it, and it belongs in one piece like this.
It's a Hopi kachina, and the top part's called a tableta, which had been taken off or come loose.
Originally, it had feather plumes.
It was probably made some time between 1900 and 1920, something like that.
APPRAISER: It's a beautiful piece.
And do you know what these are?
GUEST: I don't know enough about them, no.
APPRAISER: These are to educate the children and young people in the tribe about the beings that carry prayers to the gods, or to the heavens, in, in our culture, is what we would say.
They learn who the dancers are that come out in the plazas at these different ceremonials.
This is the way they learn how to identify them.
And so they're important to the culture.
But they are educational tools.
If I saw this one for sale, today at auction, even in this shape, with the feathers gone-- which is okay, that's not a problem-- but even with the tableta loose, probably $2,500 to $3,500.
GUEST (laughing): Oh, my gosh.
I let my kids play with this, so...
GUEST: Thank you very much, I appreciate it.
0:01:36.844,1193:02:47.295 APPRAISER: Hey, that's what I APPRAISER: Thanks, Pauline.
GUEST: That's awesome.
None of anything anybody told me was right about any of it.