Thats the symbolic story behind Kokopelli: The Magic, Mirth, and Mischief of an Ancient Symbol (Gibbs Smith), by Dennis Slifer, who says the flute-playing, humpbacked, fertility spirit may have originated from real-life men with deformities.
Slifer says, Native American skeletons have been found with evidence of spinal tuberculosis which causes a humpback, and in some cases, a permanent erection.
But the mystery remains a very hard problem to solve.
As he puts it, It could be a man walking around with a hard-on all the time or it could be just a guy leaning over and dancing.
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