- Pueblo Native American Indian Archetype of The Trickster
course... the ancient Greeks were not the only peoples to understand
and give tribute to the spirit of the "trickster." In
the United States each of the many Native American Indian tribes
have their own unique versions of this trickster spirit.
of these tricksters has become quite popularized in recent years.
name is Kokopelli, the hunchbacked flute player. Another of his
nicknames is the "Casanova of the Cliff Dwellers."
reasoning behind his Casanova reputation among Pueblo Native American
Indians is not immediately recognizable from the modern depictions
of Kokopelli (such as the one here)...
Cliff Dwelling Casanova Revealed
So, roll your mouse over this next picture of Kokopelli in order
to reveal an ancient petroglyph of Kokopelli located in a cave on
the Pajarito Plateau (west of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA). Maybe
that will help to better illuminate his reputation as the Casanova
of the Cliff Dwellers.
felt that Kokopelli's image was "cleaned up" over the passing of
years due mostly to the influence of the many Roman Catholic priests
that invaded the American Southwest to Christianize the "heathen"
hump is said to be full of seeds. These are the seeds that he scatters
on his journeys, and symbolizes the semen of the male principle
to be laid to rest in the earth.
flute music sooths the good fertile earth, making it ready, willing,
and able to receive his fertilizing seed... And
BTW - the flute that Kokopelli plays is actually a nose flute. (It
all sounds a bit messy to me...)
Kokopelli kachina (unknown Hopi carver)
Hopi depiction of Kokopelli
the Hopi pueblo tradition he is identified as the Hump-backed
flute player when he borrows a flute from Lenang, the flute
Native American Tricksters
Another interesting story regarding a Native American trickster
comes to us from the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe. In
this version of the Trickster - he apparently had a very talented
penis that he could detach and then send down river to "have his
way" with any of the young maidens that were innocently bathing
in the stream.
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