Meandering Rattlesnake
Meandering Rattlesnake
Meandering Rattlesnake

Meandering Rattlesnake

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This rattlesnake was carved from wood and brilliantly painted by Michael Chavez.  Its bright red tongue sticks a bit to smell what is up ahead.  It is part of a collection that was rediscovered during our recent move.

Size: .375" H x .375" W x 4.25" L

Snakes are strong, agile, and fast.  Sinuous in their movements, they are only seen when they want to be seen.  They shed their skins as they grow without sentiment for what they leave behind.  When threatened, some snakes have venomous bites, like this rattlesnake.  Men in some of the Pueblos conduct a snake dance where they dance with living rattlesnakes which do not bite them.  These ceremonies are private, and outsiders are not allowed.  Powerful medicine.

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.