This is a very primitive Zuni bear carved from granite and having a pebble style inlay made to look like a corn blossom made of turquoise jet and coral. This bear is unique and wonderful, I have only seen one other like it. Bears are wonderful gifts for doctors, nurses and those in the military.
Bear- Guardian of the West. The bear is associated with great strength, power, healing and self-knowledge. He is the great protector, the "sacred bear" He is a spiritual guide and also carries within him supernatural powers. Bear is a powerful healing fetish.
This bear is extremely old and primitive, it does not have a signature as there used to only be a dozen or so Zuni carvers, over the last 80 years carvers became more prolific and had to begin signing their pieces. I have many reference books and this bear looks most like the style of the incredible Natachu family, specifically Pansy Natachu. Pansy is a part of the larger Halate famil, Leonard Halate being the patriarch of the family. Leonard started the broken pebbly like heartline inlays and both Pansy Natachu and Travis Snyder who are his descendants carve in a similar way. This could be one of the three Halate carvers.
Fetishes represent unique and very personal gifts, they are wonderful for the holidays, as congratulations for life changing events and more. All of our totems described as *micro* totems are guaranteed to fit on a quarter. Micro totems are considered harder to carve as there is much less space to capture the expressive nature of the animals they represent.
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American Indians have used fetishes throughout history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from problems of mind or body. Some believe that their powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly related to the protection it will provide. Indians believe that fetishes must be properly cared for. They are given offerings of cornmeal and kept in special turquoise covered fetish pots or pouches. Often fetishes are adorned with turquoise, arrowheads and feathers. These are offerings to the fetish for gifts received or anticipated.
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