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URL: http://www.totalaccess.net/~kokopele/teaching.html
Date/Time: 03/05/2001 17:08:16


Kokopelli was a proud Toltec who came to Aztlan from deep in the heart of Mexico. Aztlan was the origin point of the mighty Aztec Nation before they built their capital in the middle of a lake, on an island now known as Mexico City. Aztlan's uppermost border was in southern Colorado and covered all of the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico. The inhabitants of Aztlan were the peaceful Pueblo Nations. These Pueblos were farmers and cliff dwellers who depended upon the Thunder-beings and the Whirling Rainbow to feed the Three Sisters -- Corn, Squash, and Beans -- so the People could live.

The name of Kokopelli carries with it many myths and legends. All stories agree on one thing: he played the Indian Flute. His music was said to bring fertility to the land and to the People. His trade routes from southern Mexico to the southern regions of Colorado are marked with Petroglyphs of a humped-back flute player. His life was colorfully told around many a Council Fire and his praises sung in many a Kiva. It is said that his seed was sacred and that children born of him were blessed with special talents. Any woman chosen by Kokopelli was honored among her people for she would bear a child from the race of gods.

Kokopelli play for me,

So my heart may sing,

Magic flute of mystery,

Fruitful dreams you bring.

Song of Aztlan,

Fertile Fire,

Canyons of my mind,

Sacred union,

Heart to heart,

Speaks of the Divine.


URL: http://www.oldworldsbazaar.com/IK1_kokoseed.html
Date/Time: 03/04/2001 14:57:06


A mong the archetypal images that have survived their ancient beginnings as powerful mythic beings envisioned by early shamans, is the humpbacked flute player of the American Southwest. His Hopi name is "Koko" for wood and "Pilau" for the hump containing the bag of seeds or songs he always carried. From the time of the Anasazi to the 1700s, Kokopelli has been carved or painted in many forms on rock walls and boulders. He also appears on Hohokam and Mimbres pottery and kiva murals, and is popular in the ceremonies, dances, songs, and stories of the Pueblo Indians.

I n ancient Indian legends, the flute player was the symbol of happiness and joy, a fertility god, and a traveling prankster. According to some, he traveled north from Mexico, stopping at many southwestern villages, spreading news, music and happiness.When he left, the crops were plentiful and the women were pregnant. Hopi Kokopelli kachina dolls were traditionally carved with an enlarged phallus, until the Anglo missionaries and widespread commercialization discouraged the sexual connotations of Kokopelli's role as fertility symbol.

K okopelli is the most well-known of American rock art images. His influence has now spread far beyond Native Americans of the Colorado Plateau. He can be found on any object representing the Southwest or native Americans, from earrings to lamps. He has also been adopted as a company mascot for a variety of enterprises internationally.


URL: http://home.rica.net/atote/stories.htm
Date/Time: 03/04/2001 14:55:36

A TOUCH OF THE EARTH. The Origin of the Kokopelli Of the multitude of miscellaneous drawings in the caves of the pre-Colombian Southwest, only one anthropomorphic subject can claim both an identity, a proper name, and a gender. Kokopelli's frequent and widespread appearance on pottery and in pictography suggest that he was a well traveled musician of considerable potency.

A personality, and individual, the personification of a legend, a confounding nuisance to others, such is Kokopelli the- famous hunchbacked flute player. Kokopelli has never been a sinister character, never voodoistic, but always comic. He appear from the San Juan Basin and Monument Valley to Cases Grande in Mexico among the Navajos, the Hopis, the Rio Grande Pueblos and westward to the deserts of California Kokopelli figures have been found in ruins of pithouse people dating as early as 200 A.D. His earlier depiction's gave him six toes and -was vividly phallic but the missionaries persuaded the Indians to omit this feature in the interest of "decency". Many primitive peoples- welcomed Kokopelli -around- corn-planting time. Barren wives sought his "company"; unmarried maidens fled from him in terror. The name Kokopelli may have derived from Zuni and Hopi names for a god (Koko) and a desert robber fly they call Pelli That predatory insect has a hump on its back and steals the larva of other flies.

At San Ildefonso, he was known as a wandering minstrel, with a sack of songs on his back, trading new songs for old, and -was greeted as- a harbinger of fertility and a god of the harvest. At Oraibi, another Hopi village, Kokopelli is said to have a sack: of deerskin shirts and moccasins to barter for Brides.

The Navajo tale says that a wandering Zuni named Blue Feather was very skillful with throwing sticks (used like dice), bankrupt the great city of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon. This action led to the city's downfall in the 13th century. Not satisfied with winning all the tribal treasure and lands Blue Feather took over the running of the city. His delusions of grandeur led him to woo and win one of the city's vestal virgins This act of sacrilege drought down the terrible wrath of other gods in the form of drought and disease. The surviving people all ran away and city collapsed, leaving Blue Feather in the ruins. As man servant to Blue Feather, the hunchback Kokopelli either died in.the ruins or ran of with the virgin


URL: http://www.scenic-idaho.com/Hopi-Boy/Ballad.htm
Date/Time: 03/04/2001 14:42:15

The Ballad of Kokopelli

A strange lonely figure stares out of the past
where engraved by an artist in stone
Held firm by the sand in which he is cast,
these last thousand years quite alone.
Could he be listening, trying to hear
moccasins scuffing the butte?
Bringing the people once again near
to hear Kokopelli's sweet flute?

His image inscribed on a thousand rock faces
from east to the great western sea;
From Sonora's hot sun to the north glaciers bases,
proclaiming this loved tutelary.
Though powers possessed and methods employed
are often in open dispute;
One thing is agreed, the people did love
to hear Kokopelli's sweet flute.

This stick figure man, with a hump on his back
seemed always to cast a good feeling;
His magic perhaps, taken out of his pack
would comfort the sick and do healing.
Whatever his talents, they surely were grand,
a fact no one cares to refute,
As people would come from agar in the land,
to hear Kokopelli's sweet flute


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