Letter to the Editor: Kokopelli is who he is
Over the past five and a half years I have worked close with Gary Prazen as the foundry manager of Original Creations Inc. Through these years we have completed approximately 1950 statues, monuments for cities, and exclusive trophies and safety awards for companies. Shipping to over 20 different countries and six continents, it is not until we do work for our local community, (virtually at cost I might add) that we hear complaints. Why is it that the persons complaining about the mayor and council members of our city, and the commissioners of our county, are not running and getting elected for these positions? When I vote, I vote for the person that I feel best suits the position. Trusting they will do the community right, which I feel they have.
People wonder why Mr. Prazen and Original Creations, get these jobs in our community. My question is what do you contribute to this community? I have never seen Gary turn down any worthy cause for a donation. For a small business with only four full time employees, I think that says something.
For those who feel that Kokopelli is showing too much of the human anatomy. If it offends you, don't look. Would you suggest that we leave off his ear, nose, or even right arm? Some feel that the copies of the recorded, documented pictographs on the sides of the base should be changed. I have an idea. I know where we can rent a van. Would you suggest we get the proper approvals and drive to Nine Mile Canyon and censor the walls there also.
Who was Kokopelli? Kokopelli has been interpreted by many as everything between an insect and a God. Even modern medical science has its theory about Kokopelli. One researcher has said he was probably a person afflicted with tuberculosis, which results in a hump back, club foot and a permanently erect phallus. Rock art suggests strongly that Kokopelli was a flute player, as shown in the pictograph and petroglyph images that have been recorded.
The legends are many and no one really knows, but the character continues to fascinate those who study the ancient rock art of western America.