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ABOUT KOKOPELLI OPALS

Kokopelli Opals daily fee digs are done for the season! Anyone interested in fee digging from now till next season will be by appointment ONLY! Please call us at 530-533-3359 with any questions. We had an awesome year and our new mine manager Jake was a huge hit with our customers! We can’t wait to have him back next year! We found lots of fiery opal this season and we're looking forward to see what next year brings! Thanks to everyone that came out and dug with us! We appreciate each and every one of you and enjoyed spending time with you!  
See you next year!

Kokopelli Opals is a family run business. We mine our own opals, design our own jewelry and sell our products at rock and gem shows all over the country. We offer fee digs to the public and we look forward to seeing you at the mine!

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About the Kokopelli

The legend of Kokopelli (pronounced "Coke-a-pellie") is well-preserved in ancient rock carvings and paintings dating back as far as 3,000 years. His legend however, is no less popular today - having survived more than one hundred generations.

Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.


There are many myths of the famous Kokopelli. One of which is that he traveled from village to village bringing the changing of winter to spring; melting the snow and bringing about rain for a successful harvest. It is also said that the hunch on his back depicted the sacks of seeds and songs he carried. Legend also has it that the flute playing also symbolized the transition of winter to spring. Kokopelli’s flute is said to be heard in the spring’s breeze, while bringing warmth. It is also said that he was the source of human conception. Legend has it, everyone in the village would sing and dance throughout the night when they heard Kokopelli play his flute. The next morning, every maiden in the village would be with child.

Whatever the true meaning of Kokopelli is, he has been a source of music making and dancing, and spreading joy to those around him. Even today, Kokopelli, with his hunchback and flute, is always welcome in our homes.


 

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