Native American women have the virtue to be very patient. The meaning of this piece can be found in her posture and in the ribbon skirt she is wearing.
Her hands are gently folded across her body in a waiting posture. She has learned patience through the example of her mother and grandmothers. She uses those lessons to teach others and also her children.
The larger turtle, the mother, is watching over her children represented by the smaller turtles. The head of the mother turtle is turned toward her children as she patiently waits and watches over her children.
The turtle is not concerned with time. They have long lifespans. They acquire knowledge by patience. They acquire wisdom by waiting.