Happy To See You Turtle
Happy To See You Turtle
Happy To See You Turtle
Happy To See You Turtle
Happy To See You Turtle

Happy To See You Turtle

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This wide-eyed little turtle is standing as high as it can on its legs with a big smile on its face!  It is carved from serpentine and has inlaid turquoise eyes, an etched shell, and five inlaid turquoise dots on its back.  Even the tiny toes are detailed!  It was in a collection of carvings from fifteen years ago that we rediscovered during our move this year.  Unfortunately, it no longer had the carver's name on it.

Size: .75" H x 1.25" L x .75" W

Turtles have their own homes on their backs which means that wherever they are, they are home.  They are associated with safety.  When attacked they retreat into their shells, although some turtles have strong enough mouths to snap a finger.  For most Native American nations in North America, turtles represent Mother Earth.  Every turtle shell has 13 sections on top which some Native Americans say represent the 13 moons of each year.

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.