Medicine Bear standing by Jimmy Yawakia
Medicine Bear standing by Jimmy Yawakia Medicine Bear standing by Jimmy Yawakia Medicine Bear standing, Zuni fetish by Jimmy Yawakia

Medicine Bear standing by Jimmy Yawakia

£175.00

Zuni medicine bear standing carved from sodalite by Jimmy Yawakia. This impressive standing bear is inlaid with a turquoise heartline. Jimmy Yawakia, whose family name means ‘falls in love’, carves with genuine respect in keeping with traditional old style fetishes. This Zuni medicine bear fetish measures 7.7cm  in height.

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Medicine Bear

Zuni medicine bear standing carved from sodalite by Jimmy Yawakia. This impressive standing bear is inlaid with a turquoise heartline. Jimmy Yawakia, whose family name means ‘falls in love’, carves with genuine respect in keeping with traditional old style fetishes. This Zuni medicine bear fetish measures 7.7cm  in height.

Zuni crafts

The Zuni People are known for their fine pottery, jewellery and also for traditional, miniature animal and bird carvings known as ‘fetishes’. This deer carving is a fine example. A fetish is a ritual object, empowered by ceremony and imbued with spirits. Such power objects are believed to assist in healing, hunting, fertility and protection.

Zuni fetishes

Zuni Fetishes are animal carvings that have been used by the A:Shiwi (The People) for over a thousand years. Originally fetishes were found objects that resembled animals and were then adorned with arrowheads, turquoise, coral, shells and feathers. Sometimes these natural forms were further enhanced to emphasise the appearance of the animal spirit within. Zuni fetish carvers gradually enhanced this process to develop a carving tradition of beautiful, characterful and sometimes intricate ritual objects.

Medicine

The carving of a fetish is a way of honouring the animal spirit. By honouring the animals and acknowledging their special “medicine” or natural gifts, we can recognise these attributes within ourselves. When wearing or carrying a fetish or placing it carefully in our homes, we can focus on certain animal like qualities. Fetishes maybe used to discover, enhance or simply remember a connection with nature. They remind us of the instinctive wisdom of the natural world and all that we can learn by respecting and living close to nature and observing the ways of animals and birds.

The Zunis feel that it is the spirit within each fetish that is of value, rather than the object itself. Therefore, fetishes are treated with respect and occasionally given offerings of cornmeal.

Fetish Carvers

Today many Zunis make their living carving fetishes that are also exquisite works of art in their own right. Certain families and individuals are highly regarded in the tribe for their fetish carvings and their pieces are particularly are sought after by collectors.

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