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Kokopelli symbol

The Kokopelli symbol


Native American Symbols, like the Kokopelli  symbol, can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across the culture groups of North America. 

Discover facts and information about the meanings of secret and mysterious symbols used by Native American Indians in our List of Symbols including the the Kokopelli symbol.

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Meaning of the Kokopelli Symbol

Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Kokopelli  symbol. Native American symbols are geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. Kokopelli is a fertility deity of some Southwest Native American cultures. Kokopelli is usually depicted as a hunchbacked, dancing flute player. Kokopelli is often depicted with a large phallus and wearing antlers or horns on his head. Antlers and horns signified spiritual power, especially when applied to animals that did not ordinarily have them such as Birds, Panthers, Avanyu and Snakes (Serpents).  In some tribes the Kokopelli is believed to be a companion to the Avanyu. Symbols of this ancient deity has been found on prehistoric American rock carvings. For additional information refer to Kokopelli.

Chaco Canyon Kokopelli

Chaco Canyon Kokopelli

The Kokopelli Symbol Meaning
The Kokopelli symbol is represented in a number of guises depicting his role as a source of  music making and dancing and spreading joy. The distinguishing features of the Kokopelli symbol are his hunchback, his dancing pose and his flute. The hunch on his back represented the sack he carried which might contain seeds for the harvest, the songs he carried and beautiful rainbows. The flute he plays symbolizes his music that changes the winter to spring. There are many legends and myths about Kokopelli. He is believed to travel from village to village bringing the change of the season and bringing rain for a successful harvest.

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Yei Symbol - The Rainbow Kokopelli
The "Rainbow Kokopelli" is a Yei deity who commands the rainbow, giving beauty to all those in harmony. It is thought that his sack was made of clouds full of rainbows or seeds. The "Rainbow Kokopelli" represents the Yei symbol of harmony.

Rainbow Kokopelli

The Kokopelli Symbol
There were so many tribes of Native American Indians it is only possible to generalise the most common meaning of the Kokopelli  symbol. Native Indian symbols are still used as Tattoos and were used for a variety of reasons and depicted on numerous objects such as tepees, totem poles, musical instruments, clothes and War Paint. Indian Tribes also used their own Colors for Symbols and designs depending on the natural resources available to make Native American paint.

 

 

Native American Indians - Kokopelli  symbol
Native American Indians had a highly complex culture, especially those who lived on the Great Plains.

Their religion was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols they used such as the Kokopelli  symbol.

The clothes, tepees and all of his belongings was decorated with art and included symbols depicting his achievements, acts of heroism, his various spirit guides or the most important events in his life. Every symbol used by an American Native Indian had meaning which can be accessed from Symbols and Meanings.

Kokopelli Trickster Symbol

The Kokopelli  symbol

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Kokopelli. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History of Native Americans and illustrate many symbols used by American Indians. The pictures show the clothing, war paint, weapons and decorations of various Native Indian tribes that can be used as a really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the main topic of this section - Kokopelli. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index - a great educational resource for kids.

 

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