Hieb, Louis A.. The Hopi ritual clown: life as it should not be

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: 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. Hopi (NT09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Humor (522); Dance (535); Representative art (532); Music (533);

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 13

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. nt09-013

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: 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, respectively.

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 Ethnologist-5

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). 1969-1971

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 States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Hopi Indians


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