Turtles are symbols of good luck, since they live in and near water.
Also, they are associated with Mother Earth, longevity, protection and good health.
For Pueblo and Zuni tribes, they are a major rain-bringing fetish animal, along with frogs.
Water is a true gift in the arid southwest, and greatly celebrated.
Therefore, the happy face on this charming turtle storyteller, who seems to be raising her flippers in praise and gratitude, and all four of the baby turtles.