Koshari or Koyala (Clown) - Manuel Cleveland Hopi Katsina Doll
Manuel Cleveland was born on the 4th of September, 1964, on Second Mesa, AZ. He is married with four children and currently lives in Tsayatoh, NM.
Manuel is the son of a Hopi mother and a Navajo father, which, according to Hopi tradition, makes him Hopi. Even though his father is Navajo, he is acknowledged as one of the better carvers of the Hopi Hano Clowns or Koshare.
In Barton Wright's, Kachinas- A Hopi Artist's Documentary, we read:
"Koshari or Koyala is the name of a Rio Grande clown that is often seen on the Hopi Mesas. The Hopis very frequently call this clown the Hano or Tewa clown as the Tewa of that village seem to have introduced this personage to the Hopi mesas.
These clowns are considered to be the fathers of the Kachinas. They behave in the usual manner of pueblo clowns, engaging in loud and boisterous conversation, immoderate actions, and gluttony.
They are often drummers for other dances.
Item No.: KD.0004
Artist: Manuel Cleveland
Size: 5 3/4 in H