Adrian Cachini carved this catlinite turtle and dressed it up in engraved flowers, feathers, and what looks like may be two birds on each side of the shell. It has inlaid turquoise eyes and each flower has a tiny inlaid turquoise center. It's all dressed up and ready to go...slowly of course! Signed "Adrian Cachini" along with an engraved bear paw on the bottom.
Size: .5" H x 2.75" L x 1.675" 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.