My ancestors and possibly yours considered north America to be turtle island. The story around it contains many animals, a turtle and an otter. There are many different turtles depicted among indigenous people. Ours is generally round with clan symbols on the shell and proportional legs and head. The one depicted here is a Sioux Turtle and on this piece it is traveling from a star and back to a star. The suns light guides his path and the other colors represent the sky, green of the forest and medicine on the shell. The black border reminds us that our existence here is contained held together by the transition and eventual return.