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Kokpelli cave art

I have to confess, I am a serial random Wikipedia addict. I normally start by typing in a common phrase, casually choose an article and then start mining through the links going deeper and deeper into the unknown. On one such occasion, I came across this hearty fella Kokopelli.

In mythology, Kokopelli is a fertility god, identifiable by his humpback, feathers in his hat and is usually pictured playing the flute. Like all the best gods out there - fertility and non-fertility alike, he was known as a bit of a prankster and it is said his flute playing chases away the winter and brings about spring - that’s some playing! More of note, In the Winnebago version of Kokopelli, he has a penis which he could detach and send down the river to "have his way" with the young maidens bathing in the stream.

Depictions appear of him across the four corners of the South American south-west (where current-day Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet) in the form of petroglyphs and pictographs dating back to 1300 AD - though possibly as far back as 200BC

There is much discussion about his origin, and I should point out little in the way of an agreement but a few notes I have pulled together.

  • He is rarely pictured on his own. Instead being pictured with animals and crops, specifically maize, which is associated with life. 
  • It is it a hump on his back or is it a sack full of seeds? Interestingly on its own, Native American culture doesn't have a language equivalent or concept for the word disability. Differences were not seen in the person, but that they had on a spiritual level, experienced a different reality and this was often held within esteem. 
  • There is also debate whether it is a flute that he is holding or something else like a spear. I am going to stick my neck out here and say, in my opinion, it is most definitely a flute. This is based on my philosophy “what would a five-year-old draw ?”


If you want to find out more about Kokopelli, then I can highly recommend this article

Kokopellli cufflinks being made, on the jewellers bench
When it came to designing the cufflinks, I went with a more modern depiction of Kokopelli, but I wanted to keep that cave art look. I also decided that Kokopelli needed a friend, and that is my own invention trying to keep within the style and the feel.

I am pretty certain these are the only pair of fertility cufflinks in existence. Whether they work or not, I will leave that down to you to find out.

 

Fertility cufflinks featuring Kokopelli

Kokpelli cave art

I have to confess, I am a serial random Wikipedia addict. I normally start by typing in a common phrase, casually choose an article and then start mining through the links going deeper and deeper into the unknown. On one such occasion, I came across this hearty fella Kokopelli.

In mythology, Kokopelli is a fertility god, identifiable by his humpback, feathers in his hat and is usually pictured playing the flute. Like all the best gods out there - fertility and non-fertility alike, he was known as a bit of a prankster and it is said his flute playing chases away the winter and brings about spring - that’s some playing! More of note, In the Winnebago version of Kokopelli, he has a penis which he could detach and send down the river to "have his way" with the young maidens bathing in the stream.

Depictions appear of him across the four corners of the South American south-west (where current-day Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico meet) in the form of petroglyphs and pictographs dating back to 1300 AD - though possibly as far back as 200BC

There is much discussion about his origin, and I should point out little in the way of an agreement but a few notes I have pulled together.

  • He is rarely pictured on his own. Instead being pictured with animals and crops, specifically maize, which is associated with life. 
  • It is it a hump on his back or is it a sack full of seeds? Interestingly on its own, Native American culture doesn't have a language equivalent or concept for the word disability. Differences were not seen in the person, but that they had on a spiritual level, experienced a different reality and this was often held within esteem. 
  • There is also debate whether it is a flute that he is holding or something else like a spear. I am going to stick my neck out here and say, in my opinion, it is most definitely a flute. This is based on my philosophy “what would a five-year-old draw ?”


If you want to find out more about Kokopelli, then I can highly recommend this article

Kokopellli cufflinks being made, on the jewellers bench
When it came to designing the cufflinks, I went with a more modern depiction of Kokopelli, but I wanted to keep that cave art look. I also decided that Kokopelli needed a friend, and that is my own invention trying to keep within the style and the feel.

I am pretty certain these are the only pair of fertility cufflinks in existence. Whether they work or not, I will leave that down to you to find out.

 

Fertility cufflinks featuring Kokopelli