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John Jaramillo & Sandra Hughes: Old Man Kokopelli Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: John Jaramillo & Sandra Hughes: Old Man Kokopelli
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:55:24
  • Language: English
  • Date: 12 Jun 1998
  • Location: Performed at The American Indian Community House, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: John Jaramillo, Sandra Hughes
  • Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; Gateway Productions, producer ; John Jaramillo, Sandra Hughes, creators, choreographers, directors ; Michael Hickey, mask maker

John Jaramillo & Sandra Hughes: Old Man Kokopelli

The humped back flute player known by the Hopi word Kokopelli is an ancient deity and today, one of the Hopi Kachinas. Kokopelli is a symbol of fertility in many Native cultures and is thought to bring well-being to the people, assuring success in hunting, planting and growing crops, and human conception. His "hump" is often considered a bag of gifts, a sack carrying the seeds of plants and flowers he scatters every spring. Kokopelli is the inspiration for Old Man Kokopelli, a Gateway Performance Production performed by John Jaramillo and Sandra Hughes. This performance was one of the many guest performances from outside the New York area to be welcome into the AICH circle. John Jaramillo conceived, choreographed and directed this production in collaboration with Sandra Hughes, the founding Artistic Director of Gateway Performance Productions, and mask carver Michael Hickey. Both Hughes and Jaramillo have taught the performing arts to Native American Youth at Isleta Pueblo Indian Reservation (NM), Red Lake Indian Reservation (MN), the Riverside Indian School (OK) and for the American Indian Institute's Project L.O.G.I.C. for gifted and talented Native American Youth.