Garden Rattlesnake
Garden Rattlesnake
Garden Rattlesnake
Garden Rattlesnake
Garden Rattlesnake

Garden Rattlesnake

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This catlinite garden snake with turquoise eyes was carved by Daphne Neha.  It has beautifully engraved flowers engraved on the top with inlaid turquoise dots in the center.  It is signed on the bottom.  It has been well loved for many years in the personal collection of the owner of Gathering Tribes.

Size: .25" H x 2.675" L x .675" W

Snakes are strong, agile, and fast.  Sinuous in their movements, they are only seen when they want to be seen.  They shed their skins as they grow without sentiment for what they leave behind.  When threatened, some snakes have venomous bites, like this rattlesnake.  Men in some of the Pueblos conduct a snake dance where they dance with living rattlesnakes which do not bite them.  These ceremonies are private, and outsiders are not allowed.  Powerful medicine.

Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal.   Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.