An engaging and mythical being, the kokopelli is a well-known symbol of the Southwest.
The humpbacked flute player appears countless times painted or carved on rocks and pottery.
In Hopi, he is the kachina Kokopilau, so named because he resembled wood (kok: wood; pilau: hump). In his hump he carries seeds of plants and flowers—and of human reproduction. With the music of his flute he creates warmth.
When the natives migrated over the continent, they carved petroglyphs of the kokopelli from the tip of South America up to Canada. Known as mahus, these carvings inspired the names of the Blue Flute and Gray Flute clans.
The kokopelli’s popularity dates back to basket-maker sites from 1,300 years ago. He is said to wander from village to village with a bag of songs on his back. As a symbol of fertility, he was particularly welcome during the corn-planting seasons.
The kokopelli is widely considered to be a bringer of joy and happiness.
This piece measures 15in. x 10in.
Janyse Florek uses Arizona sandstone to etch her fanciful rock art creations. Find out more about Janyse on our Sedona Artist Market blog here:
Etched Sandstone Kokopelli
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