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Juana Homer, Zuni - Pipestone Bear

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Juana Homer

materials
pipestone, turquoise, coral, mother of pearl, Read about stones
height
1 1/8"
length
1 1/4"
width
5/8"
hallmarks
none
artist
Juana Homer, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Juana Homer

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Juana Homer

"Rez"
Juana Homer, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving
FB1027
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

$56 plus s/h

Paula says - "This minimalist type of fetish carving is called "reservation style". It has few details and leaves the rock close to its natural form."

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Juana Homer

Inlaid turquoise eyes.

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish Carving of pipestone fossil and Turquoise by Zuni artisan Juana Homer

Medicine bundle of a mother of pearl arrowhead, coral and turquoise.

 

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What 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. Read more about fetishes.

About Pipestone

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. The catlinite quarries located at Pipestone National Monument are considered sacred to many Native American people. Read more about Sacred Red Pipestone from Minnesota.

Native American Bear Symbolism

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. Bear has supernatural powers and great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future.

What is a Medicine Bundle?

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

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