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Zuni Fetish Carver:
Saturday, April 25 - 10 am to 6 pm & Sunday, April 26 - 11 am to 5 pm
Mike Yatsayte lives in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, with his wife and children. He carves many different types of animals, as well as gorgeous corn maidens (see photo below). Using a variety of different stones, his carvings sometimes have a sense of humor like the beaver above.
Zuni artisans have been carving "fetishes" for hundreds of years. Traditionally, the carvings were are utelized in ceremonies at Zuni Pueblo for a variety of purposes, including hunting and healing. Today, these carvings are collected by people around the world for their beauty and for the spiritual qualities they embody.
A free list of animals and the way in which it is believed that they assist humans is available at Gathering Tribes.
More photos of carvings by Mike Yatsayte:
Corn Maiden carved from Ammonite shell
Bear with hummingbird
Bear with bee on nose
Ammonite bear with turquoise dragonflies
Natural Kingman Turquoise Crescent Silver Earrings by Rosella Sandoval
Experience the beauty of Native America at Gathering Tribes with these sterling silver, natural Kingman turquoise earrings by Rosella Sandoval
Turquoise Coyote Zuni Fetish Carving by Jayne Quam
Experience the beauty of Native America at Gathering Tribes with this turquoise inlay coyote fetish carving by Jayne Quam
Lester James Tufa Cast Silver, Turquoise and Coral Cuff Bracelet
Experience the beauty of Native America at Gathering Tribes with this tufa cast sterling silver and multi stone bracelet by Lester James
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