Koshare (Clown) Kachina by Andrew Grover, Hopi cottonwood, pigment 10.5” tall x 4” wide x 3” deep
The Koshare (Clown) kachina is known by many other names, including Kaisale (Winter Clown), Tsuku (Second and Third Mesa), Koyaala, and Hano (First Mesa). The Clown has a complex ceremonial role, giving wisdom and advice as well as poking fun at unacceptable behavior.
The Clown is said to be a glutton, always overdoing it whether he is making fun of the dancers, trying to get the children to behave during ceremonies, or commenting on Hopi behavior. They are generally amusing and do things that no Hopi or anyone else would want to be caught doing. They are often depicted with a watermelon.
Andrew Grover is a quiet Hopi man who has a wonderful feel for the clowns he carves. His proportions and the expressions he creates on these figures is perfect. He has been carving clowns like this for many years. His son, Cimmaron Grover and he work side-by-side in Hotevilla. They live a quiet life that is steeped in Hopi tradition.