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Zuni carver, Jonathan Natewa, carved this beautifully etched turtle of jet. The design on the shell appears to be a flower, with detailed designs between each petal, and triangles above each foot. Jonathan inlaid turquoise eyes, a turquoise dot at the end of each petal, and a dot in the center of the flower.
Size: .375" H x 2.975" L x 1.5" 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.