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Michael Mahooty, Zuni - Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American turquoise bear Fetish carving by Zuni Michael Mahooty

#8 turquoise, mother of pearl, jet, Read about stones
sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
2 1/4"
1 1/8"
1 1/4"
inscribed: MM
Michael Mahooty, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American turquoise bear Fetish carving by Zuni Michael Mahooty

Medicine bundle of mother of pearl arrowhead and turquoise nuggets tied with sinew.


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Paula says - "Crackleture, or craquelure, is a pattern of fine cracking formed on the surface of materials. In painting it can be a result of drying, aging, intentional patterning, or a combination of all three. This wonderful piece of turquoise has crackleture formed by the matrix of mother rock."

Authentic Native American turquoise bear Fetish carving by Zuni Michael Mahooty

Authentic Native American turquoise bear Fetish carving by Zuni Michael Mahooty

Authentic Native American turquoise bear Fetish carving by Zuni Michael Mahooty

Inlaid jet eyes.

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.

Indian Bear Symbolism

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.

What is a Medicine Bundle?

Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied onto the animal that consists of 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.


Turquoise is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

Number Eight Turquoise Mine

The #8 mine in Carlin, Nevada is known for exceptional spiderweb turquoise ranging in color from light blue, to blue and green to deep blue. The matrix is black, brown, reddish or golden with the black and red spiderwebbing being the most prized. with the matrix ranging from golden brown to almost black, but a deep golden webbing is most characteristic. The #8 mine began in 1929 and has produced some of the largest turquoise nuggets ever found. Read more about stones.

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