The mass media is often misrepresenting, or even fabricating, events here in the Madison, Wisconsin, USA protests. We recommend listening to WORT (community sponsored radio) online. Get it straight from the horse's mouth!
"They may have the fat cats, but we have the alley cats."
Yep. Some of our clowns definitely take inspiration from Krampus –“the henchmen of Saint Nick” thing you find in the Austrian, German and Swiss Alps. We live in Wisconsin, a bastion of German heritage, and we see those clowns as something we lost– something we want back! But this is global. We love love love the Japanese Namahage and the Native American Heyokas too! We embrace them all.
If we have one reservation though, it involves terrorizing little children into obedience or serfdom. That makes us cry. We no like that. Here, we do take our cues more from the Native American clowns (as well as other intact tribal traditions), more so than Krampus (as it is performed in the Alps today).
We’re here to help sweep away the vile spirit of big, greedy, power-mad ego– the ones that seemingly care so little for the children– the ones that would imperil their own grandchildren just to line their own pockets. Our heart-sworn ethic is to do this with humor, creativity, art, dance, music and absurdity. Yes, we would willingly "correct" naughty parents and politicians, but the children are sacrosanct.
Sacred Clown Union is for the child in us all– for their creativity, playfulness, and egoless-ness. We laugh and rampage, but we also cry over the loss of those qualities in “more mature” people. WE ARE HERE TO SAY: RETURN RETURN RETURN RECOVER RECOVER RECOVER– get back to that creature you were before someone or something corrupted your mind and sense of human decency!
We don’t care how you put on your clown or what you do to entertain the folk, just evoke love, empower your own personal sense of creativity, and get out there and get silly! Be REALLY sweet to the moms and the kids and the animals in particular!
Now it is time for all clowns to practice their silly walks. Get busy. Everyday! Silly walk practice for 5 minutes!
when things get bass-ackwards you gotta get contrary!
The snarling image utilizd here is a sacred clown mask carved from pine, by a Seneca artist, circa 185O. We have adopted this image because we stand in awe at its beauty and craftsmanship, and how it so effectively evokes speaking "truth to power." We can only hope to be inhabited by such inspiration!
Please bear with us folks. We're very busy in the Madison protests at the moment. The idea here is to provide outreach, coordination, and know-how via this site; and that will come; but for the time-being we are prioritizing the actual activism here in Wisconsin.
Nevertheless, your expressions of interest are very much appreciated.
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