The only photo available for use legally was that one, which may have been mislabeled by Wikipedia Commons, whose attribution was from the museum in which the carving was displayed. All the other photos of Hopi “clowns,” koyemsi, etc., could not be used, so he got the “nod.”

I’ve seen him on Hopi, and seen him referred to as a Koshare a lot, too. But my apologies for the confusion. I’ll change that attribution, just to make sure he’s not being disrespected.

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