courtesy lamountaineers.org

Kokopelli has been a source of wonder for centuries. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing fertility deity, prankster, healer and story teller is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans, and represents the spirit of music.

Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest, some dated over 3,000 years ago, when the earliest known petroglyphs were carved.

There are many myths of the famous Kokopelli. One is that he traveled from village to village bringing the changing of winter to spring; melting the snow and bringing about rain for a successful harvest. It is also said that the hunch on his back depicted the sacks of seeds and songs he carried. Legend also has it that his flute playing symbolizes the transition from winter to spring; his flute is said to be heard in the spring breeze, bringing warmth.

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