From the Back Cover
IN HOPI, A SACRED CLOWN IS A COMBINATION OF JESTER, priest, and shaman, and can serve many purposes. Clowns amuse audiences through their silly antics, intensify rituals by contrasting the sublime and the ridiculous, and control non-conformist behavior through comic object lessons. Hopi clowns are truly the ultimate tradition keepers and the supreme delight makers.
Following in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Hopi Kachinas: The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls, Barton Wright's latest essential guide identifies and illustrates the personages considered to be clowns (and those that are not), explains the purposes of the various clowns, provides historical background, and delves into the Hopi carvers' popular representations of these figures as dolls or tihus. The only complete resource on Hopi clowns, Clowns of the Hopi is a book for the collector and casual reader alike.
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