(9/15/00 12:02:12 pm)
Hello all. While laying wide awake late last night I was contemplating the similarities in the Kokopelli figure and those of satyrs or of Pan in Greece and what not. I had never really compared the two but isn't it interesting that they are both flute players. Also many of the petroglyphs show some lines on his head that very well could resemble horns. And then of course there are the enlarged genitals -- cigarettes anyone? Perhaps the flute is a phallilc symbol but then why the enlarged penis? No hunchback on the satyrs though -- at least not that I know of. I once heard that there is a medical condition that can cause the hunchback and engorged genitals -- alas I can't rememeber what it was called. I probably have it written down somewhere in this room I call an office. Priapism? Tuberculosis? I also have a faint recollection of the Kokopelli figure and Coronado's slave Esteban who travelled with Marco de Niza. Anyone else? Another random thought -- hasn't the flute usually been a man's instrument in ancient cultures -- forbidden to women?
(9/15/00 2:18:35 pm)
You reminded me also of the youth riding on a dolphin playing a pipe that is my company's (Houghton Mifflin) colophon. I'll see if I can find some info on it for you!
(9/22/00 9:35:16 am)
Carrie--- Patricia Clark Smith has a poetry collection with some wonderful images of Kokopelli called Humpback Flute Player, from West End Press in New Mexico. You may want to take a look at it. She is a wonderful writer!