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Enrike Leekya - Zuni
Badger Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Badger Fetish Carving from Zuni stone by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Marble badger with turquoise eyes and nose.

Material
Zuni stone, turquoise, mother of pearl, Read about stones
Size
2 1/4" long
3/4" tall
7/8" wide
Hallmarks
inscribed: E.L.
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.

"Enrike Leekya is the great grandson of famous fetish carver Leekya Deyuse. When his children entered school, Leekya requested that they take his first name as their surname. All of his children (Alice, Sarah, Elizabeth, Robert, Francis, and Roger) did so.

"Leekya Deyuse had six children with wife Juanita Cooeyate, many of whom have become well-known jewelers and/or carvers. Sons Francis, Robert and Rodger and daughters Sarah and Alice achieved recognition, as have many of their own children, including Freddie Leekya, who is Francis's son and Delvin's father."

Authentic Native American Badger Fetish Carving from Zuni stone by Zuni Enrike Leekya

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Enrike Leekya - Zuni
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Authentic Native American Badger Fetish Carving from Zuni stone by Zuni Enrike Leekya

Authentic Native American Badger Fetish Carving from Zuni stone by Zuni Enrike Leekya

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

Authentic Native American Badger Fetish Carving from Zuni stone by Zuni Enrike Leekya

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What is an Animal Fetish?

Native American Jewelry and Fetish Carving BooksA fetish is a carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Fetishes are carved from many types of stone, wood, antler, shell and other materials. Often the eyes and spots of adornment, called power spots, inset pieces of contrasting stones such as turquoise, jet and coral.
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Badger Symbolism

Badger represents good work ethic, caution, healing and protection. Pueblo tribes associate Badger with the color red and the South guardian of the six directions.

What is Zuni Stone (Travertine, Zuni Rock)

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.

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