We can't help but wonder what a bear's song sounds like! Zuni Carver, Claudia Peina, carved this adorable dancing and singing bear from turqoise. She inlaid jet eyes, four red coral dots around the neck, and two cred coral dots on the chest. It perfectly balances on one leg.
Size: 2.25" H x 1.125" L x .375" 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.