According to the Pueblo Indians, the Koshare were the first men. A certain goddess wanted to amuse her companions and so she rubbed a ball of skin off herself in order to make the Koshare. In Navaho legend the goddess Estsanatlehi used the same method of creation. Today the Koshare are the clowns who enliven the Pueblo dance with their absurd antics. They perform a critical function, since their satirical comments and posturings on the times are beyond censorship.