kokopelli, flute player, often associated with the Hopi Flute Clan is the symbol
of happiness, joy and fertility. He is often a part of rituals related to marriage,
conception and birth and has been a part of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples since Hohokam
times (AD 750 850)
as a non-gender figure, it was traditionally a male figure, often well endowed
until the missionaries discouraged such depiction !
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usually has feathers or a headdress protruding on the top of his head. His legs
are dancing in time to his own music.
talks to the wind and the sky. His flute can be heard in the spring breeze, bringing
warmth after the winter cold. He is the symbolic seed bringer and water sprinkler.
His religious or supernatural power for fertility is meant to invoke rain as well
as impregnate women both physically and mentally. He is also associated with fertility
of wild animals.
The humbacked kokopelli
image is found from Casa Grande, Mexico to the Hopi and Rio Grande Pueblos and
then westward to the Californian deserts in prehistoric rock, effigy figures,
pottery, and on kiva walls.
embrace the kokopelli symbol. Here are some samples of its usage by Hopi, Zuni
and Navajo artists.
Overlay Kokopelli Belt Buckle by Steven Sockyma
Overlay Kokopelli Ring by Calvin Peterson
Sterling Silver Kokopelli Pin Pendant by Robert Vandever
Kokopelli Inlay Pendant
Horse Fetish with Kokopelli petroglyphs by Tyrone Poncho
Kokopelli Overlay Belt Buckle by Joe Josytewa
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