The droll pose and ferociously silly expression, beautifully convey the Koshare’s clown-with-an-edge role: exaggerating inappropriate behavior, as a goad to improving behavior, while entertaining the crowd, with some auxiliary ceremonial duties, as well.
The artist is an award-winning painter, as well as carver; he participates equally well in his dual Hopi/Navajo heritage.
(Yes, he is related to the famous Navajo painter, R.C. Gorman.)
He created this wonderful carving full of astonishing detail and exaggeration for amusement and authenticity, like an actual Koshare.
Burlesquing tradition, he is wearing cut-off denim shorts with lots of pockets, and his ceremonial kilt over that! The better to stash the various chiles and fruits, in his pockets, I guess.
The details are carved with incredible expertise and artistry: Shorts with folds and side and back pockets, wrapped moccasins, embroidered kilt, fingers, rattle, medicine bundle, jewelry – even his tongue – and carved corn husks on his striped horns.
Not to mention his little pot-belly, pigeon-toed stance, the weirdly crimped horns, and pseudo-fierce expression!
The vivid painting is as accomplished and fully realized as the carving.
Another exceptional and very individual kachina from this celebrated artist.