Zuni carver, Jonathan Natewa carved this tijilite (we think!) bear and inlaid turquoise eyes. He carved a dolomite arrowhead for the offering bundle. Signed "JN' and "Zuni" on the bottom of the front feet.
Size: 2" H x 2.25" L x .5" W
Bears are the guardians of the western gate in Zuni Pueblo. They are associated with healing at all levels, protection, and a reminder to restore oneself during the winter months. In some traditions a part of the bear is rubbed all over infants to imbue them with power, strength, and good health.
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.