Although totem poles are the work of Pacific Northwest Indian tribes my sister spied a totem pole that housed a mailbox in our southwestern locale.
Here a coyote howls at the desert moon. The moon sports a mailbox at its tip. Perhaps the coyote is howling because it is sad that the house on his yard had been (according to a nearby sign) repossessed by the bank. Although most of the cows in Arizona are beef cattle this house had a Holstein dairy cow for a mailbox. The pottery on this mailbox looked Hopi or Navajo. This mailbox featured geckos and the humpbacked flute player, or Kokopelli. This mailbox served double duty. It was a weather vane as well, although in Phoenix where the weather is warm and sunny 300 days of the year, a weather vane might not be a necessity. Now here’s a lucky mailbox. It is supported by a cactus sculpture made out of painted horseshoes.
This mailbox pays tribute to the saguaro cacti which are a staple landscape feature here in Gold Canyon. I’m sure now that I’m looking for them I’ll find many more interesting mailboxes here in Arizona where mailboxes can certainly be a work of art.
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