Who or what is Kokopelli?

Kokopelli is a fertility deity, trickster, and culture hero in Native American mythology. He is believed to have been a traveling salesman, healer, and musician who roamed the Southwest spreading joy and fertility wherever he went. The figure of Kokopelli is often depicted as a hunchbacked flute player, and is an important figure in the mythology and art of several Native American cultures, including the Hopi, Zuni, and Navajo.

Kokopelli is known for his mischievous and playful nature, and is often depicted as a trickster figure in Native American folklore. In many stories, he uses his musical abilities and charms to deceive and outwit others, but ultimately brings joy and prosperity to those he encounters.

In addition to his role as a culture hero and trickster, Kokopelli is also associated with fertility and abundance. He is often depicted with a large sack on his back, which is said to contain seeds, babies, or other symbols of life and growth. Many Native American cultures associate Kokopelli with the spring season and the renewal of life that it brings.

Kokopelli is an enduring and important figure in Native American culture, and his image and story continue to be popular in contemporary art and popular culture.