When asked to design the 2020 collector’s bolo, Moore said he wanted to create an image that was related to the Southwest and very unique to previous years’ designs. He chose the Kokopelli — not only because of its popularity, but also because of the chance it afforded Moore to educate, which he said has always been a major goal with his art.
“The Kokopelli is probably the best known kachina and, at the same time, one of the least known,” Moore said. “Its popular image of the humpback flute player is taken from an Anasazi cave drawing and has little to do with the actual look of the real kachina.”
The actual Kokopelli kachina is associated with fertility, good luck, joy, seasonal change and plentiful rain leading to an abundant harvest, Moore said. “With its phallic mask, the Hopi’s legends say the Kokopelli carries unborn children on his back (thus the humpback) and distributes them to women; because of this, young women have a tendency to fear him,” he said. “Those that wish to become pregnant have a tendency to rub against him during ceremonies.”
As for the flute, Moore said, the Kokopelli’s music is believed to change winter to spring, bringing good rain and crops.
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A limited number of Paul Moore’s 2020 Prix de West collector’s bolos were finished in gold for presentation to Dally Horn Circle and Prix de West Patrons’ Circle members. Prix de West Society members receive special silver-finished collector’s bolos. Learn more about becoming a Prix de West Society member.