Turtle Walking Slowly
Turtle Walking Slowly
Turtle Walking Slowly
Turtle Walking Slowly
Turtle Walking Slowly

Turtle Walking Slowly

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Zuni carver, Kenny Chavez, carved this slowly walking turtle from a lovely piece of jasper.  It has inlaid silver eyes and a carved shell with a silver dot in the center.   This little one looks like it was made to blend into the forest floor.  A good remind to slow down, too!  This came to us from a 15 year old collection.  Signed "Chavez" on the bottom.

Size: 1.75" L x 1.75" W x .75" H

Turtles have their own homes on their backs and are at home wherever they are.  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.