The koyala (or tsuku) is an important figure in Hopi culture. The koyala is a clown but in many ways, he plays the role of a messenger to the people by mimicking and making fun of their behavior. In doing so, the people can laugh at themselves but they can also see how they can live better. The koyala brings laughter, lightheartedness, and life to the community.
A more than appropriate mascot for KUYI, the koyala echoes the eclectic nature, jovial spirit, and historic voice of our community. Wherever you find KUYI, you will find the koyala.