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Much speculation surrounds this mystic figure of the great southwest. He, or she in some cases, is cross cultural, and is one of the most represented figures in American Indian lore. To the ancient people of the southwest he is thought to have been a Toltec, or possibly one of many, traveling up from South America to trade with local inhabitants. The Toltec people were believed to be much more advanced than the Anasazi, so they may have been looked upon with great respect. Many archeologists have formulated the opinion that Kokopelli knew considerably more about the planting and harvest of crops than the people he traded with. The Toltec were aware of the movement of the stars, had created a calendar, and even accomplished minor brain surgery. Because of their greater understanding, and knowledge, it is believed that the Anasazi thought Kokopelli to be a god. It is also thought that Kokopelli was a fruitful individual in the human sense, he is often portrayed quite well endowed, and his seed might have been sown on a regular basis as he traveled his route of trade. To the Navajo, Kokopelli is called "Water Sprinkler", and is considered to be a symbol of fertility in both the natural and human sense. To the Hopi he is the symbol of the Flute clan, and can be seen portrayed on pottery, baskets, and as Katsinas. Whatever the true thought or belief behind this highly inspirational being, there is always humor. A funny looking, semi human individual tramping his way around this corner of the world, hundreds of years in the past - playing his flute to seduce his unsuspecting victims or enchant others into trading away their most prized possessions. Kokopelli will continue to make his way through to the future, whoever or whatever he is.

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