Raptor Carving by Dana Malani
Raptor Carving by Dana Malani
Raptor Carving by Dana Malani

Raptor Carving by Dana Malani

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"I see you!" This carving of a raptor by Dana Malani has large inlaid turquoise eyes with detailed carving all around.  The Picasso marble is a bit subtle in tans, greys,and a bit of cream,

Size: 1.5" H x 1" W x .75" D

Raptors have many meanings in Native America.  The eagle is the most sacred since it sees the furthest and flies the highest.  It is considered as a messenger to take our prayers to the Creator.  In Zuni Pueblo, eagles are also the guardian of the sky world.  Hawks have a similar meaning, but not as powerful as the eagle.  For some Indigenous people, hawks are the smaller siblings of eagles.

Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal.   Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.