Sacred Clown, sometimes called Ritual Clown, is a name given to clown traditions coming from deep community amongst indigenous populations. Great crazy wisdom has been handed down over centuries and likely millennia by cultures around the globe. Stories are told yet 97% is oral tradition, whether it be the Koreduga in African Mali or the Heyoka in North American Lakota lands.
I know little yet always relish the opportunity to learn more about these cultures. AS far as I can tell, they have certain things in common, such as humor, crazy wisdom and contrarianism. Perhaps more relevant is the role that they play in their community.
In an effort to share some of what I’ve learned, I have gathered links to a series of writings on the internet. They are wonderful stories. Some are by First Nations writers and others are by reputed archeologists. Enjoy:)
One More Smile Emory Sekaqueptewa
A Clown Story Emory Sekaqueptewa
The Clown’s Way Barbara Tedlock
Sacred Clowns and Fools by Peggy V. Beck and Anna L. Walters
Thunderbird and Trickster Steve Mizrach
Path of the Sacred Clown Peggy Andreas
Gaan Dancers and Apache Clown Traditions LIving Rootless