Jonathan Natewa


Zuni artist Jonathan Natewa. Fetish carving has an ancient history in Native American religion. This fetish represents a black bear. Its body is carved out of black onyx, with Zuni intricate etched designs on either side of its body and the eyes are inlaid with turquoise.

A fetish is a Native American carving believed to have power. Many Native American tribes create and use fetishes, the most renowned fetish carvers are the Zuni, who call themselves Asiwi (Ah-she-wee). The Zuni have used fetishes for many purposes: to enable hunters to catch game, to make game more plentiful, and also for curing ceremonies. Fetishes may protect individuals as well as the community

Zuni Etched Bear Fetish | 2.5"x2"x.25" Black Marble with turquoise eyes | 272.15.11
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