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ERIC Number: EJ835817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
The Hopi Clown Ceremony ("Tsukulalwa")
Hieb, Louis A.
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v32 n4 p107-124 2008
Images of kachinas and clowns are found throughout books, journals, and magazines that celebrate the arts of American Indian peoples, including the Hopi. As familiar as people are with these visual images, for the most part they are one-dimensional and suggest little of their meaningful contexts in Hopi thought and ritual. There are other more subtle contexts that contribute to the meaning of "tsukulalwa" (clowning), including the plaza in which the ceremony is performed and the events the clowns address through their humor. This article provides an introduction to the narrative and ritual contexts of the clown ceremony and considers the changing historical circumstances of clowning. (Contains 39 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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