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Description: There is a Native American figure that has been worshiped for fertility, and for agriculture. This deity is described as being a flute playing, humpbacked figure that has either feathers, or antenna like hairs sticking from his head. What exactly am I talking about? I'm talking about Kokopelli, the trickster god that Native Americans turn to when they want success in both childbirth and farming. Not only will I talk about this icon, you will be learning “how to draw Kokopelli, step by step” too. How long has this Indian concept been in existence? Well, it is said that the flute playing man has been worshiped way back when the Ancestral Puebloans existed around 1200 BC. Native Americans have many beliefs and carry out many rituals based on these beliefs. Not only is it believed that Kokopelli carries the unborn to expecting woman, he also watches over the reproduction over the forest animals that Native Americans depend on for food, and or clothing. There is questions as to what exactly Kokopelli has in his mouth. Some believe that it is a flute, and then there are some that believe it is a blowgun. Images or hand drawn pictures of Kokopelli appear on a series of Hohokam pottery that has been dated back to 750 AD and 850 AD. I personally think that his outlined silhouette is pretty cool and would make an awesome tattoo design. In fact, some Native Americans of today, actually get this god inked on their bodies. That is why I've included some tribal art on his back to make the drawing more exciting. Just by looking at the image you can already tell that it isn't going to be such a hard lesson to accomplish. Drawing Kokopelli, is going to be easy as 1, 2, 3. I will be back with one more tutorial that I think you will like. Peace out people and happy drawing!