This tiny armadillo by Clissa Martin is taking its dragonfly friend with it wherever it goes. The armadillo is carved from gleaming white marble, has jet inlaid eyes, with its back detailed. The dragonfly is inlaid lapis and turquoise.
Size: .75" H x 1.75" L x .25" W
Armadillo means "little armored one" in Spanish, and it looks like it wears its own tank! Its first defense when threatened is to run, and it can be quick. The next defense is to roll into a ball so the bony armor keeps it safe. It has long claws that it uses to build its den underground and to dig for snacks. It models nonviolence and is successful at being a peaceful warrior.
Dragonflies have different, yet similar meanings throughout Native America. In Zuni, they are messengers between this world and the next and are related to the coming rains and corn. In other tribes they are strong protectors, as dragonflies are one of the very few creatures that can fight while flying backwards. They are known to watch our backs and offer protection. Their symbol is a vertical line with two horizontal bars, and can be seen on war shirts, shields and painted on horses going into battle.
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.