The Pueblo clowns (sometimes called sacred clowns) are jesters or tricksters in the Kachina religion (practiced by the Pueblo Indians of the southwestern United States). It is a generic term, as there are a number of these figures in the ritual practice of the Pueblo people. Each has a unique role; belonging to separate Kivas (secret societies or confraternities) and each has a name that differs from one mesa or pueblo to another.
Their function can help defuse community tensions by providing their own humorous interpretation of the tribe's popular culture, by re-enforcing taboos, and by communicating traditions.
Koshares are like policemen who use laughter instead of guns and scorn instead of jails.