Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from primarily stone but also shell, fossils, and other materials by the Zuni people. Within the Zuni community, these carvings serve ceremonial purposes for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. As a form of contemporary Native American art , they are sold with secular intentions to collectors worldwide. Prior to the establishment of a non-Native market for fetishes, Hopi , Navajo , and other Pueblo peoples , especially at Kewa Pueblo also carved and used fetishes. The primary non-Native source for academic information on Zuni fetishes is the Second Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology submitted in by Frank Hamilton Cushing and posthumously published as Zuni Fetishes in , with several later reprints.
Zuni Fetish Artist Collections – Sunshine Studio
Faye has picked out just the right turquoise stone. She begins to carve a frog fetish for us! Faye works her magic with the stone while Jake watches in awe. Faye carving intricate detail with her dremel tool. Faye drills out where the eyes will be inlaid.
Zuni Fetishes and authentic Native American jewelry
At the Indian Pueblo Store, we work to connect you to resources and information to enhance your understanding of Native American art and artists of the Southwest in a meaningful way. It is our hope that this guide to Zuni Pueblo carvings and fetishes helps to enhance your understanding and appreciation of these authentic Native American art forms and figures. Since time immemorial, Pueblo people of the Southwest have carved into stone, etching visual stories and making their mark within the land. Many of these carvings can still be seen today across the Southwest, not only in the rock faces but also in early effigy pots and vessels, intentionally created for a specific purpose. These carvings have endured throughout time, and represent a special place and purpose, reminding us of those who came before us and the many gifts of Mother Earth.
An interview with Zuni Pueblo fetish carver, Burt Awelagte, concerning his carvings and what motivates them. See more of his carvings here. Dee Edaakie discusses his carving inspiration. A few years ago, Lena Boone brought us a pair of carvings of which she was very proud. They were described as altar carvings by her ephew, Robert Michael.