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We love seeing the photos online of one creature riding on another, birds riding aligators, frogs on snakes, and squirrels on cows! The photos help shift our perspective of how we view our non-human relatives - they may be more cooperative than we ever knew!
Danette Laate carved the dragonfly from shimmering pink mussel shell. It rides on its turtle friend carved from serpentine. The dragonfly has detailed lines on the wings, and the body is also beautifully detailed, and it has inlaid silver eyes. The shell on the turtle is also well detailed, even under the dragonfly! The feet are also detailed and it also has silver eyes. So sweet! More about dragonflies and turtles below.
Size: .675" H x 2" L x 1.5" 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.
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.