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The Secret Life of Kokopelli Meanining

kokopelli meaning
There is a lot of mystery surrounding the Kokopelli, but the consensus is this being is all about letting go and having a little fun

Kokopelli Meaning and Messages

I'm sure you all have seen this image. It is perhaps one of the most recognizable Native American icons. This funky little guy hails from the four corners of the Southwest U.S., so we're talking about an area that spans across New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Colorado.

In all of these areas, Kokopelli shows himself on etchings and carvings.  He started out as an inky image on stones. Once discovered by modern man, Kokopelli ignited the human imagination.  So much so, that today - this fellow is embroidered on socks, carved in marble and hammered out in wrought iron.  Why? Because the Kokopelli was massively featured by Native Americans.  His image was so prevalent, that modern humans can't resist mimicking this guy and keeping an artistic version of him within our homes.

But why? What's the big deal about Kokopelli meaning? Outside of being so visible, which makes this being extraordinarily intriguing...there's something else that tags along with Kokopelli.  So what is the charm? Where's the mystery? Let's consider...

Kokopelli meaning originates from Pueblo Indians.  That sounds simple, but because this being spans across a vast area, it also bleeds into other tribal myths.  So the Kokopelli raises its spiky head in many other tribes such as: Anasazi, Hopi, Zuni and more.

Loosely, the name Kokopelli meaning translates to "the hunched one" or "wooden backed".  The confusion of his name rests in the combination of various Native languages and interpretations.

So what's the deal with this guy? Why is he engraved on so many features upon the Southwest landscape?  Well, just like pinning down the meaning of his name, his actual meaning is a little murky too.  I like this, because Kokopelli is kind of a mystifying being.

There are some Native legends that claim the Kokopelli was a being sent from the celestial heavens.  He would descend upon a tribe and encourage wild passion.  Imagine a big fraternity party on campus. The presence of Kokopelli encouraged a sense of being wild, lascivious and passionate.

In essence, the true Native Kokopelli was a fertility god that insured babies would be born.  I'm not just talking about human babies (although that seems to be the main theme).  I'm also talking about plant babies.  Beans, squash, corn...these were prime crops required by Native folk in the U.S. Southwest area, and Kokopelli was considered a blessing upon these crops. That in itself makes Kokopelli pretty freaking powerful.  Consider: If you ain't got no beans, then you ain't got no means to live.

In other accounts, Kokopelli meaning was a significant feature of wisdom, poetry, music and creative freedom.  It's as if Kokopelli was a Native American muse...enticing the artists within the tribe to create their greatest symphonies and soliloquy's.

It is also noted in Native lore that when the pipe was passed, and the Kokopelli appeared, this became a sign of extreme good luck in all areas. Whomever the Kokopelli visited seemed to be insured of great success.

But this isn't always the case.  Apparently, Kokopelli can be a little shifty.  There is a big trickster element with this fellow that should be recognized.  I think that goes hand-in-hand with creativity.

When we mess around with creation, we never really know what we're going to land upon.  -Doesn't matter if we're talking about birthing a new baby or creating a new project...sometimes things get tricky.

Personally, I think this is the essence of Kokopelli.  When it comes to creating new life - whether music, poetry, ideas or a human life...it's a grab-bag.  We don't know what the result is going to be, and Kokopelli reminds us of the wild-card that is always present when we venture into the realm of creating new things.

In closing, I hope you enjoyed this post on Kokopelli meaning.  If you like this post, it might be a great idea to do more research on this Native figure.  There is a lot more information out there, and I'm sure you are bound to find something that stimulates you when it comes to this tricky being.

As always, thanks for reading!  If you liked this article, check out the related links below!

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Healing at the Heart of Niagara – Native American Peace Event

Healing at the Heart of Niagara Event, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY
Healing at the Heart of Niagara Event, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY

Since interviewing Native Algonquin, Mike Bastine, I’ve come into contact with some incredible folks.  Jill Morris, board member of Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe (www.netobuffalo.org) is one such incredible person.  She and others are organizing an amazing event featuring local Native American culture and history at Niagara Falls State Park, Goat Island, Niagara Falls, NY.

I’ll be there, and if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you there too.

Here are some of the many events taking place that weekend:

  • Native American music and dancing
  • Native arts and crafts vendors
  • Drumming
  • Local Native lore and legends
  • Native crafting for the kiddo’s
  • Healing arts
  • Sustainable living presentations

There will also be devotional ceremonies to promote healing and peace for our global community and the Mother (Earth).  A hand-holding ceremony for Global Peace will take place at 11:11 am on Sunday the 17th.

The whole event kicks off Saturday, June 16th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  The event resumes on Sunday, June 17th, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome, and I hope to see you there!

Healing at the Heart of Niagara
Niagara Falls State Park – Goat Island – Niagara Falls, NY 14303
June 16th & 17th, 2012
Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6pm

For more information, contact Jill Morris at 716-480-4418, or email her at jmtmorris{at}live.com

The event is sponsored by the Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe, www.netobuffalo.org.  Sponsorship and donations for the event are still being accepted (and highly appreciated).  Offerings go directly to Neto. Visit their website, or contact Allan Jamieson, Director at 716-603-4546.

Neto is still accepting enrollment applications for vendors, so if you have keen stuff to share/sell, contact Jill Morris  for a vendor registration form.  Advertising is also available in the event program, so if you have a service or a business you’d like to promote, contact Jill for that too.

I hope you can offer your support and participation for this worthy Native event focused on global peace.  See you there!