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Saturday April 25, 2015 - Sunday April 26, 2015

Zuni Fetish Carver:

Mike Yatsayte

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

 

 

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