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May 2023 - Wander Where the Wind Blows

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Design By: Chris Mackey 

Dimensions 45 mm Wide

Thickness 3.5 mm

Finish Antique Bronze
Enameling None

Trackable? Yes

Has Icon Yes

May 2023 - Wander Where the Wind Blows

Design notes from the artist:  Chris Mackey

Over the years I've been asked numerous times to include a Kokopelli symbol in my designs.  I never thought much of it beyond being a depiction of a free spirit and had assumed it was linked to Rastafarian culture (I don't recall why, but some of my college days were a little hazy on the subject).  Recently, however, I looked a little deeper into the background of this whimsical creature and was quite surprised at what I found.  

The Kokopelli is actually a venerated fertility symbol of the native tribes in southwestern North America.  He is a wandering god who sports feathers in his hair and carries a bag of seeds over his shoulder.  He would wander about spreading his fertility seeds here and there at whim to spread life across the world.  He would bless mothers with children, animals with offspring, and coax back crops and foliage from winter's grip with the magical sounds of his flute.  His story goes back much further though to the time of the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica.  He was seen as a mythical trader who carried his goods on his back in a bottomless satchel and played songs to announce his coming.  He would bring news and trinkets from tribe to tribe which he picked up during his wanderings.

Like a cacher whistling a tune and wandering about in seemingly random directions (but always a destination in mind), trading trinkets, sharing stories. and simply enjoying walking the world, the Kokopelli is the perfect symbol of a curious traveler.  He floats here and there, as aimless as the wind, letting nature infuse him along the way.  He is a symbol of happiness, safe travel, and a free spirit.  What better personification could a cacher aspire to be?  So share in that spirit of freeness, let the natural world wash over you and wander where the wind blows you.

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