Kokopelli (Hump Back Flute Player) Kachina by Jason Curley, Hopi
Kokopelli (Hump Back Flute Player) Kachina by Jason Curley, Hopi Pueblo cottonwood, pigment 10” x 3.5” x 3.5”
Kokopelli is the humpbacked flute player in the Mixed Dances. He is considered the god of mist, a seducer of women, a baby maker, and a good luck omen for hunters. Kokopelli is found in all of the Pueblo cultures of the Southwest. It is thought that his hump might just represent a bag of gifts that he uses to seduce the women.
In this depiction, Kokopelli's headdress is flowing as he dances and plays the flute. On his back is a dance bustle with the traditional sun symbol in the center.