Here is a beautiful turtle fetish hand carved by Zuni's Randy Lucio. This turtle, though small, is brimming with detail and life. The etching throughout the piece creates a highly realistic look while the turquoise inlaid all about the shell give the turtle a touch of magic.
The Turtle is an old, sacred figure in Native American symbolism and represents Mother Earth. To each tribe, the Turtle might depict something slightly different but with a recurring theme of creation, protection,and longevity.