are ecosystem managers who foster biodiversity. As apex predators they keep ungulates alert and moving, preventing overgrazing and erosion of water sources. Kills provide food for other animals. A mother mountain lion devotes her life to raising kittens, teaching survival skills and how to establish good territories. In Zuni Pueblo tradition, a mountain lion is the eldest brother and most important of the Six Directional animals. Stealthy in nature, a mountain lion carving is brought along for success in the hunt. These magnificent felines teach us to set healthy boundaries in our lives. Abby Quam Panteah carved an approximately 4" long, 3/4" wide and 1 5/8" tall mountain lion (cougar, puma or panther) from a stunningly striped onyx. A lovely turquoise heartline and eyes were inlaid by Clayton Panteah.