Smooth Dolomite Turtle
Smooth Dolomite Turtle
Smooth Dolomite Turtle
Smooth Dolomite Turtle

Smooth Dolomite Turtle

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 Zuni carver, Gordon Poncho, carved this smooth dolomite turtle with inlaid turquoise eyes and carved a sweet little mouth.  He also carved sections on the shell and inlaid jet in each section.  He also carved little toes on each leg and a little tail that swishes to the left. 

Size: .5" H x 2.25" L x 1.625" 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.