known as the Kokopelli Trail

In his domain over agriculture, Kokopelli's fluteplaying chases away the Winter and brings about Spring. Many tribes, such as the Zuni, also associate Kokopelli with the rains. He frequently appears with Paiyatamu, another flautist, in depictions of maize-grinding ceremonies. Some tribes say he carries seeds and babies on his back.

Kokopelli also presides over the reproduction of game animals, and for this reason, he is often depicted with animal companions such as rams and deer. Other common creatures associated with him include sun-bathing animals such as snakes, or water-loving animals like lizards and insects. Because of this, some scholars believe that Kokopelli's flute is actually a blowgun (or started out as one), but this is a minority opinion.

Because of his influence over human sexuality, Kokopelli is often depicted with an inhumanly large phallus. Among the Ho-Chunk, this penis is detachable, and he sometimes leaves it in a river in order to have sex with girls who bathe there. Among the Hopi, Kokopelli carries unborn children on his back and distributes them to women (for this reason, young girls are often deathly afraid of him). He often takes part in rituals relating to marriage, and Kokopelli himself is sometimes depicted with a consort, a woman called Kokopelmana by the Hohokam and Hopi.[1]

Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by many Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music.

Kokopelli has been worshipped since at least the time of the Ancient Pueblo Peoples. The first known images of him appear on Hohokam pottery dated to sometime between AD 750 and AD 850.

Kokopelli may have originally been a representation of ancient Aztec traders, known as pochtecas, who traveled to this region from northern Mesoamerica. These traders brought their goods in sacks slung across their backs, and this sack may have evolved into Kokopelli's familiar hump (in fact, many tribes make Kokopelli a trader in this way). These men also used flutes to announce themselves as friendly as they approached a settlement. This origin is still in doubt, however, since the first known images of Kokopelli predate the major era of Aztec-Anasazi trade by several hundred years.

Kokopelli bears a passing resemblance to Bradshaw Paintings of North-West Australia (examples), which could be mere coincidence or sign of a common origin; some have suggested that ancient astronaut theories in the model of Erich von Däniken have attributed both to a common celestial source.

Another theory is that Kokopelli is actually an anthropomorphic insect. Many of the earliest depictions of Kokopelli make him very insect-like in appearance. The name "Kokopelli" may be a combination of "Koko", another Hopi and Zuni deity, and "pelli", the Hopi and Zuni word for the desert robber fly, an insect with a prominent proboscis and a rounded back, which is also noted for its zealous sexual proclivities. A more recent etymology is that Kokopelli means literally "kachina hump". Because the Hopi were the tribe from whom the Spanish explorers first learned of the god, their name is the one most commonly used.

A similar humpbacked figure is found in artifacts of the Mississippian culture of the U.S. southeast. Between approximately 1200 to 1400 AD, water vessels were crafted in the shape of a humpbacked woman. These forms may represent a cultural heroine or founding ancestor, and may also reflect concepts related to the life-giving blessings of water and fertility.

Kokopelli is one of the most easily recognized figures found in the petroglyphs and pictographs of the Southwest. The earliest known petroglyph of the figure dates to about A.D. 1000. Kokopelli was one of several kachina dolls sold to tourists. The Spanish missionaries in the area convinced the Hopi craftsmen to omit the phallus from their representations of the figure. As with most kachina dolls, the Hopi Kokopelli was often represented by a human dancer. These dancers apparently had great fun with missionaries and tourists by making obscene and sexual gestures that the foreigners did not understand.

1.        Young 18
2.        Slifer, Dennis, and Duffield, James (1994). Kokopelli: Flute Player Images in Rock Art. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Ancient City Press
3.        Young, John V. (1990). Kokopelli: Casanova of the Cliff Dwellers: The Hunchbacked Flute Player. Palmer Lake, Colorado: Filter Press. ISBN 0-86541-026-7




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KOKOPELLI was a beloved Southwestern Indian image and legend.  Many believe that the "ANCIENT ONES" also known as the "BASKETMAKERS" first brought the KOKOPELLI art to life, thru their Petroglyphs at ancient Southwest Indian Sites. KOKOPELLI art  is thought to date back to 200 A.D. In the known Petroglyphs there are many different shapes of the "KOKOPELLI" figure and each has its own story. "KOKOPELLI" is a symbol of the Southwest Indian culture.  


Kokopelli is a prehistoric deity depicted hundreds of times in rock art, some of it over a thousand years old, located in numerous sites in southwestern United States mountains and deserts areas, mainly in the Four Corners Region of the Southwest.  Often depicted as a humpbacked flute player, this mythic being has survived in recognizable form from Anasazi times to the present. There is something appealing about Kokopelli which fascinates people all over the world.


Kokopelli, the mysterious, humpbacked fluteplayer of the American Southwest, has been a sacred figure to Native Americans since prehistoric times. Fertility symbol, rain priest, roving minstrel and trader, hunting magician, and trickster, Kokopelli was painted and carved on rock walls and boulders.
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The Kokopelli Legend

The history of Kokopelli is legendary in the Southwest. This was his home. He was a mystical, often considered magical,
hunchbacked figure who wore feathers on his head and traveled around the Southwest playing his flute in ancient times.

Some legends have it that Kokopelli could not only charm the birds and animals, but that young women competed for his
attentions, for to be chosen by him was a guarantee of pregnancy.

Kokopelli's figure has been depicted many ways in petroglyphs and art. These art prints are just a few of my interpretations.


These digital art prints are from my original drawings that I have manipulated to look like a watercolor or oil painting.

The pictures you see below have been greatly compressed for viewing on the web. Actual prints are brilliant in color and
detail!

These art prints are all open editions. Each one is hand signed.

All Kokopelli art prints are produced by a professional lab on archive quality photo media.
These are NOT posters.

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Kokopelli Art Print "1D"

This Kokopelli art print is ablaze with fiery reds and golds.  
Kokopelli Art Print "1E"

This Kokopelli art print has corals, purples and blues with a metallic effect.
Kokopelli Art Print "2A"

This Kokopelli print is rendered in deep reds and rusts with a copper metallic effect.
Kokopelli Art Print "2B"

This rendering has a textured bronze effect.
Kokopelli Art Print "2C"

This Kokopelli is a marbled, burgundy bronze with copper effects.
Kokopelli Art Print "2D"

This Kokopelli Art Print has pastel pinks, purples and blues, with a marbled glass effect.
Kokopelli Art Decor

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