Kokopelli (Wall Hanging Statue - 18 1/2" High)
Mother Earth (Exotic Woods - 30 1/2" High )
Summer Rain I (Wood with Bronze Crown - 27" High)
Summer Rain II (Wood with Metal Crown - 53" High)
Big Medicine (13 Types of Wood - 68" High)
Ancient Spirits (Wood Kokopelli Statue - 43" High)
Thunder (All Wood - 24" High)
Many Moons (9 Woods with a Brass Crown - 30" High)
Father Sky (13 woods with a Steel Crown - 49" High)
Who Was Kokopelli?
The legends are many, and no one really knows, but the character continues to fascinate those who study the ancient rock art of Western America.
I do not discount or make fun of any of the interpretations made by the various Indian cultures, or modern day authorities. I am just doing my thing
as an artist and free agent.
Kokopelli has been interpreted by the many as everything between an insect and a God. Even modern medical science has it's theory about Kokopelli. One researcher has said he was probably a person afflicted with tuberculosis, which results in a hump back, a club foot and a permanently erect phallus.
Rock art suggests strongly that Kokopelli was a flute player, so I went with the flutes and the locations of where the pictograph and petroglyph images were recorded.
Elias Perez, a local flute maker, player, and authority on ancient Indian flutes, assisted me with the sculpture. Perez indicated that, in his opinion, Kokopelli is usually portrayed playing straight or horn type flutes, not common with the American Indian flutes which generally had a rising reed near the mouth end of the flute. The straight and horn type flutes were more common with the Southern Mexico and South American Indians. The locations of Kokopelli art do not conflict with this idea.
I have chosen to portray Kokopelli idealistically as a handsome young man with a slightly humped back. A wanderer, a teacher of flutes and their music, a dancer, and a womanizing rascal. A concept that most would like to relate to.
As an artist, I have been captivated by this legend and have done many variations of Kokopelli, I will continue doing Kokopelli in different mediums, representations, and styles in the near future.