Tuesday, May 16, 2017
So here I am starting up again.
My youngest son has been taking an American Indian art history course, and since I read everything to him, I have been learning too. The only Native American art that I had previously had knowledge of is the West Coast tribes, so the end of the semester has been a bit easier for me to follow. I have always loved the Hopi Kachinas, but did not really understand what they represented. The Kachina doll is a sacred object, and to make one is to pray to the spirit world. This kachina is Koshare, which is the clown or trickster. Like Enki for the Summerians, or Eshu for the Yorumba. Koshare is represented at ceremonies, passing through the crowd and pointing out the foibles.