The Snake. Usally found in healing and fertility rites. Connected with lightning, male organ, speed, and the ability to move undetected. He is usually shown with an extended tongue. Considered a hunter & and as a "first helper" in some emergence stories.
The Avanyu. A feathered sky snake. Many times found on Tewa, Keres and Zuni pottery. Also on some jewelry. He can bring on storms & change the seasons. Associated with thunderstorms, lightning and sudden violent changes.
The Badger & Bear Paws. Badger is shown here. Known as a way of summoning the power of the animal spirit & as a sign of the presence of the spirit. Badgers are honored as healing animals and tenacious hunters. Their tracks can signify strength & well being. Tracks are also considered symbols of leadership & authority.
The Wolf Track. And other predators tracks signify a direction rather than the spirits presence. These are also symbols of authority and leadership. Used as a clan symbol.
The Deer Track. Symbols of prosperity, well being, safety and the abundance of prey. Directional indicator and as a clan symbol.
The Dragonfly. Associated with water & springtime. Also considered a messenger as well.
Dragonfly Forms. Shown is an abstraction of the dragonfly, which is can be used as a talisman, especially with the Southern Pueblo Indians. At Isleta it became a double armed cross. This was worn as a symbol of both Catholic conversion and respect for older traditions.
The Cricket. A singer. Connected with fertility, water and Springtime.