This wonderful and traditional work of art is a Turtle Katsina Sculpture carved by Hopi
artist Lauren Honyouti. Turtles are perceived to be a symbol of longevity and an excellent messenger for carrying our prayers to the earth. It is a magical animal that never sickens and brings health and luck. The Turtle Katsina (Kahaila) is an important part of the Hopi culture.The long beard on this Katsina represents falling rain and the feathers on the beard and the back of the head are symbols of prayers.