The turtle is a very traditional animal for the Huichol Indians. The turtle assists the rain goddess and protects the purity of all water. It is also responsible for the replenishing of underground springs.
This turtle displays a green deer head, Kauyumari, who leads the Huichol toward divine insight and the healers on their journeys. There is an Eye of God on the back so that God keeps a watchful eye over the people. It is 2.5″ wide, 3″ long and an inch deep. Even the wooden carving itself is a work of art. Seen in real life this turtle is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world.
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