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This delightful dragonfly was carved from pink mussel shell with wings of inlaid green turquoise, mother of pearl, and catlinite, with green turquoise eyes. The top and back of the body are etched with horizontal lines, and the back of the wings are engraved with diagonal lines. This dragonfly was in the collection of the owner of Gathering Tribes, Pennie, collection for many years and the name of the carver was lost long ago. More about dragonflies below.
Size: .25" H x 2.125" W x 2.375" L
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.
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.