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Zuni Carver: Todd Westika

Saturday June 18, 2016 - Sunday June 19, 2016

Saturday, June 18 - 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, June 19th - 11 am to 5 pm

Todd Westika is an award-winning carver from Zuni Pueblo in Northwest New Mexico.  He uses a variety of stones and other materials in carving animals and corn maidens.  While he was born and raised in Zuni where there are hundreds of fetish carvers, he basically taught himself.  Todd's carvings include contemporary designs as well as the traditionally "old style" carvings such as the eagle in photo above.

In his own words: "I have always considered Mother Nature to be the most creative artist and I am just happy to collaborate with her to help bring out the animals/corn maidens which live within the stones. Zuni fetishes are based on our rich Pueblo culture.  As much as I enjoy carving, I also like to share the history of our art and will answer any questions that visitors may have about my work or fetishes in general."

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.  Please see more of Todd Westika's carvings below:

 

 

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