Wilmer Kaye Clown Kachina

Wilmer Kaye Clown Kachina

$1,800.00 $1,200.00

Artist: Wilmer Kaye
Dimensions: 3.5″ x 12.5″
Extended Description

Wilmer Kaye Hopi Pueblo, Badger/Butterfly Clan, started carving as a youngster of 13 years old. He watched his uncle, Willard Loloma, and friends of Willard’s while they carved. Following high school, he continued carving while also working in construction. Wilmer now gets up with the Sun and sometimes spends the entire day carving a single doll. He believes each doll has a soul and a spirit and is meant to please those who own and admires it.

Wilmer uses only a pocket knife for his carvings and uses paints and stains to finish them. He rubs linseed oil into the wood to bring out the grain and to preserve the carving. He specializes in carving dolls from a single piece of wood. His preference is carving sculptural dolls rather than fully detailed ones. He believes they are more beautiful as sculptures than animated figures.

Wilmer is part of a family of many talented relatives who are internationally famous artists. His uncle, Charles Loloma, is recognized as the patriarch of Hopi “Modern Art” jewelry. His sister, Verma Nequatewa, follows in this tradition. Wilmer is also a top-award-winning artist who has contributed to the advancement of Katsina doll carving into fine art wooden sculptures.

Biography from Hopi Katsina: 1,600 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.


Clown Kachina

Koshari, Koyala, Hano, or Tewa are the names of a clown that is often seen on the Hopi Mesas. Clown Kachinas provide amusement during Kachina ceremonies. Often shown with watermelons, they behave in the usual manner of pueblo clowns, engaging in loud and boisterous conversation, immoderate actions, and gluttony. They are often drummers for dances.

In the Hopi tradition, the Sacred Clown Kachina frequently disrupts and makes a holy mess out of some of the most vital and fundamental rituals.  The clown satirizes Hopi life by acting out and exaggerating improper behavior. Many times the actions of the clowns are meant to portray a lesson on behavior apparent in a tribal member. Their purpose is to show how overdoing anything is bad not only for the individual but for the people as a whole as well.

Koshari plays tricks, acts out absurd pantomimes, or cleverly mimics spectators. Like the more serious Kachinas, but in a humorous way, the clown helps maintain community harmony by reminding the people of acceptable standards of behavior within the Hopi community.