Turtle Speaks
Turtle Speaks
Turtle Speaks

Turtle Speaks

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This lovely dolomite turtle has its mouth open a bit as if speaking.  It has inlaid turquoise eyes and nine dots inlaid on the shell.  There is a tiny river of clear quartz crystals on top of the shell!  It was part of a collection purchased 15 years ago that was rediscovered during a recent move.

Size: .75" H x 1" W x 1.25" L

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.