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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Hieb, Louis A.
The Hopi ritual clown: life as it should not be
Published By: Original publisher
Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms. 1972 [1973
copy]. 2, 6, 266 leaves ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Louis Albert Hieb
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Representative art (532);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
In this source the ritual clowns of the Hopi of
northeastern Arizona are analyzed. The seven types of clowns and their antics are described
in detail. The role of the clowns and clowning during Kachina ceremonies (especially
dances), and the relation of the clown to the Kachinas, are also treated. More generally,
ritual clowning is placed in the context of Hopi ethics as the author details how the
clowns engage in and are punished for foolish antics. The clowns thus play the role of
humorous ethicists. Also included in the piece is a theoretical discussion of humor and
clowns. A brief historical sketch of the Hopi and the Hopi ritual calendar serve as
background to the treatment of ritual clowning. The source concludes with a general
discussion of humor and joking relationships.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
UM 72-24, 681 Thesis (Ph.D.)--Princeton, 1972 Includes
bibliographical references (p. 254-266) Information on the clowns is indexed for Humor
(522). Information on Kachina dances and masks can be found in Categories 535 and 532,
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
summer of 1969, June 1970-July 1971
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Christopher Latham ; 1988
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Hopi Reservation, northeastern Arizona, United
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings