DescriptionNative American people believe strongly in the medicine that we get from the animal spirits. The spirit of an animal teaches us lessons about life that we need to learn.
Because the turtle can be found in areas where there is water, it is symbolic of the water and its life-giving properties. On the turtle's back is a common Hopi symbol for rain, showing the clouds and rain. Surrounding the turtle are stylized elements of water.
Dalton James is a self-taught artist from Hopi Pueblo, and is a member of the Tobacco Clan from the village of Hotevilla in northeastern Arizona.