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Lucy Cooeyate - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of pipestone by Zuni Lucy Cooeyate

Material
pipestone, turquoise, coral, Read about stones
Sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
2 5/8"
Height
1 5/8"
Width
3/8"
Hallmarks
inscribed: LC Z
Artist
Lucy Cooeyate, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of pipestone by Zuni Lucy Cooeyate

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

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"Red Cloud"
Lucy Cooeyate - Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of pipestone by Zuni Lucy Cooeyate

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of pipestone by Zuni Lucy Cooeyate

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of pipestone by Zuni Lucy Cooeyate

Pipestone bear with inlaid turquoise eyes.

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.

Pipestone, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. Read about stones

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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