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Enrike Leekya - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Material
travertine, turquoise, mother of pearl, coral, Read about stones
Sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
2 1/2"
Height
1 5/8"
Width
1"
Hallmarks
EL
Artist
Enrike Leekya, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksEnrike Leekya 's work is featured in Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

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Enrike Leekya - Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

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Paula says - "The roly-poly shape of this bear is typical of Leekya's carving style."

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Travertine bear with inlaid turquoise eyes and nose.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of travertine by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Medicine bundle of turquoise arrowhead, mother of pearl and coral all tied with sinew.

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Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationWhat is a Fetish? A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. A fetish represents relationship and unity. Read more about fetishes.

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He also has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

Travertine (Zuni Rock, Zuni Stone)
A non-crystalline, porous rock found on the Zuni reservation. Travertine is a form of limestone (calcium carbonate) so in its pure form, it would be white, but most often travertine occurs in yellow, brown and gray hues due to the presence of other minerals. The late Zuni carver Leekya Deyuse was especially noted for carving with this stone and his descendents continue to use travertine in their carvings today.

Medicine Bundle - Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied on the back of the animal that consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. The bundle may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.

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