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Mole

Another subterranean dweller is the mole, unassuming protector of crops and guardian of the underworld.  Not surprisingly, the mole is associated with the position below in the directional set and the color black, so is often carved in jet or black marble.  Moles are beneficial, and serve to remind us of life's subtle changes and incremental progression.  The Zuni further believe moles to be intermediaries between humans and the powers of the netherworld.  Moles are truly blind, but carvers frequently choose to give them eyes.