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Zuni carver, Alvin Haloo, did an amazing job carving the scales and rough around the neck of this smiling horned toad! He carved details on the toes, and the pointed scales go all the way to the bottom of the tail. So fabulous!
Size: 1.25" H x 3.5" L x 1.75" W
There used to be lots of horned toads around, but now they are seldom seen. Horned toads are thorny lizards with a fat body and very short tail. If they feel attacked they can puff up to look bigger and their spiky scales can make them look like too much work to eat. They can also shoot blood out of their eyes up to 5 feet when threatened. If you are looking for something to symbolize nonviolent protection, the horned toad may do the trick!
Lizards are associated with fire and dreaming in some Indigenous traditions. We’ve heard stories of lizards crawling out of ceremonial fires that have been lit for hours. And, it’s no surprise that they are also associated with dreaming since they are often seen basking in the sun with their eyes closed. They are one of the reptiles that shed their skins, and some also associate them with the good medicine of making necessary change.
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.