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"Isleta"
Brandon Phillips - Zuni Turtle Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American turtle fetish carving of pipestone by Zuni carver Brandon Phillips

Materials
Pipestone, turquoise,
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Length
1"
Width
1 1/2"
Height
5/8"
Hallmark
inscribed: B. Phillips Zuni
Artist
Brandon Phillips, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksBrandon Phillips's work is featured in Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis.

Authentic Native American turtle fetish carving of pipestone by Zuni carver Brandon Phillips

Authentic Native American Zuni turtle fetish carving

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"Isleta"
Brandon Phillips - Zuni

Turtle Fetish Carving

F389 - $45 SOLD

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Paula says - "Intricate etching on this solid pipestone turtle depicts an Isleta Cross with three turquoise power spots. Very nice work!"

Authentic Native American Zuni turtle fetish carving

Authentic Native American Zuni turtle fetish carving

Eyes and power spots of inlaid turquoise.

Authentic Native American Zuni turtle fetish carving

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About the Isleta Cross

Also called the Pueblo Cross, the Isleta Cross is a very old Pueblo design associated with the Isleta Pueblo. The double-bar cross design is said to have originated with the Moors and Spaniards. To the Pueblo Indians the double-bar cross represented the dragonfly and they adopted it as their own religious symbol.

The Isleta Pueblo is located in central New Mexico, on the east bank of the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque. It is on the same site as when it was discovered in 1540. It was the seat of the Franciscan mission of San Antonio de Isleta from approximately 1621 until the Pueblo revolt of 1680. The Spaniards captured the pueblo in 1681. In the late 1700's, when Isleta was repopulated with native peoples, it became the mission of San Agustín de Isleta. Tiwa, a Tanoan language, is the tongue of the Isleta Pueblo.

Dragonfly inspires spiritually and creatively and helps us on the path of discovery and enlightenment. It spiritually embodies the stripping away all negativity that holds us back, helping us to achieve our dreams and goals. Dragonfly is the keeper of dreams, the energy within that sees all of our true potential and ability. Dragonfly reminds us that anything is possible.

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What is a Fetish?

A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Although carved from many types of rock, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

TURTLE - Nurturer, Protector, Mother Energy, Mother Earth. Turtle's medicine includes connection with Great Spirit, journeys of discovery, patience, feminine strength, power to heal female diseases, inspiration, protecting oneself snd others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.

Pipestone, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. Read about stones.

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