One More Smile For a Hopi Clown

Note: I'm including this here for mainly two reasons. First, that it has to do with clowns, and two, that reading it every time, it makes me cry because the man at the end (of the article and his life) was honoured is such a beautiful way.

Emory Sekaquaptewa

The heart of the Hopi concept of clowning is that we are all clowns. This was established at the very beginning when people first emerged from the lower world. In spite of the belief that this was a new world in which no corruption and immorality would be present, the people nevertheless took as their own all things that they saw in the new world. Seeing that the people still carried with them many of the ways of the corrupted underworld, the Spirit Being divided them into groups and laid out a life-pattern for each of them, so that each would follow its own life-way.

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Hopi Prophecies

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Hopi Elders pass warnings and prophecies from generation to generation through oral traditions and reference to ancient rock pictographs and tablets.

Hopi Blue Star or Blue Kachina Prophecy

An ancient Hopi Indian prophecy states, "When the Blue Star Kachina makes its appearance in the heavens, the Fifth World will emerge". This will be the Day of Purification. The Hopi name for the star Sirius is Blue Star Kachina. It will come when the Saquasohuh (Blue Star) Kachina dances in the plaza and removes its mask.

According to Ancient Alien Theory The Blue Kachinas are aliens.

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Sacred Clowns and Fools

from: here

Sacred Clowns and Fools

Chapter 13 from The Sacred - Ways of Knowledge, Sources of Life

By Peggy V. Beck and Anna L. Walters

Koshare taunting Kachina
Here the koshare, or clowns, taunt the kachinas, or "power centers," in a Hopi ceremony. The people are positioned characteristically around the dance plaza of the pueblo. The ceremony seems to be a Corn Dance. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa.

Innocent and wise; painted in their stripes, their lightning streaks, fantastic masks, or naked from head to toe; the Clowns catch our attention whenever and wherever they appear. They are called heyoka, chifone, koshare, "banana ripener," kwirana, "blue jay," and many other names. These are the characters that follow behind the neat rows of dancers, dancing out of step, singing one beat behind. These are the confusing individuals, men dressed as women; old men acting young, young acting old. They are lovers, teasing the young women, the tourist ladies taking pictures, the unmarried women or other men. So obscene are their actions at times that the crowd watching them gasps in horror; minutes later people from the crowd are giving them food-melons, squash, corn, tortillas, fried bread, and chiles. They are the brave hunters shooting the deer dancers with miniature crooked bows and sticks for arrows, or "counting coup" to a pot of boiling dog meat; they plunge their arms into the water to grab the meat without getting burnt. They are the serious Clowns of the medicine society maintaining the continuity of fertility, rain, crops, health, and the various orders of Creation. They are the guardians of the ritual, ready with their whips, their yucca plant lashes, ready to catch a child to throw him in the river.

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Laughter Keepers Exploring The Medicine Clown Tradition of the Wampanoag

Not my article, but re-posting from:

here and
here

Update 24-09-2016:
I've been in touch with the author, and he wants to me to share this, and edit the bits that need editing.

Laughter Keepers

Exploring The Medicine Clown Tradition of the Wampanoag

By Mwalim

Storyteller, Playwright & Folklorist

If all attempts to destroy a people have been unsuccessful, can you actually say that you have destroyed their traditions as well? Or have they merely been suppressed? One such tradition was that of the Medicine Clown among Northeastern Algonquin people, particularly, the Ahanaeenun or “Laughter Keepers” of the Wampanoag Nation of eastern Massachusetts.

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