Zuni Pueblo tradition teaches there are Six Directions in life, assigning a color and animal to each one. Long ago, the Father of Medicine Societies, Po-shai-an-kia established predatory animals as guardians of the Six Directions, each associated with a different color. They are regarded as healing and protective. Ernie Mackel III's all in one Six-Directional
carving consists of a jet Mole
with turquoise inlaid eyes, accompanied by a turquoise Bear
, a mother-of-pearl Wolf
, a spiny Badger
, a gold lip shell Mountain-lion
, and an abalone Eagle
. These tiny animals are exquisitely carved. Eyes are inlaid with either turquoise or jet. Ernie also attached a lovely turquoise point. Measurements are approximately 2 3/4" long, 1" wide and 1" tall.
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