(Native American, San Ildefonso Pueblo, about 1885-1943)
Page: 57.5 x 36.5 cm (22 5/8 x 14 3/8 in.)
Educational Purchase Fund 1928.314
Gallery 231- Native North American Works on Paper Rotation
This painting depicts the pole climb that occurs every year during the San Gerónimo Feast Day in Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. The striped characters clambering up the pole toward a treasure are koshare (co-shar-eh), the sacred clowns of Pueblo religion. Like European American clowns, koshare provide comic entertainment, but they are much more complex. For instance, they behave in exaggerated ways that turn social norms upside down, thus highlighting and reinforcing the norms.
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