SOUTHWESTERN  ART - Engraved
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KOKOPELLI


15" X 19" Engraved and Full Color
Matted and framed in Black Metal Frame

Kokopelli was known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller. He has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries,. Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petoglyshs were carved. Although his true orgins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a scared figure to many Southwestern Native Indians. Carvings of this hunchbacked flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.

There are many myths of the famous Kokpelli. One of which is that he traveled from village to village bringing the changing of winter to spring; melting the snow and bringing rain for a successful harvest. It is also said that the hunch on his back depicts the sacks of seeds and songs that he carried. Legend also has it that the flute playing also symbolized the transition of winter to spring. Kokopelli's flute is said to be heard in the spring's breeze, while bringing warmth. It is also said that he was the source of human conception. Legend has it, everyone in the village would sing and dance throughout the night when they heard Kokopelli play his flute. The next morning, every maiden in the village would be with child.

Whatever the true meaning of Kokopelli is, he has been a source of music making and dancing, and spreading joy to those around him. Even today, Kokopelli, with his hunchback and flute, is always welcome in our homes.

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