Lena Boone

One of the most recognizable names in Zuni fetish carving over the past four decades has been Lena Boone.  Virtually all of her images are from the basic eight plus foxes or even a bobcat every once in a while, since it is the image (of the east) associated with the hunting directional set. Learn more…

All of Lena’s designs are traditional – the older styling – meaning minimal detail yet easily recognizable features so that there is little doubt as to what the image is meant to be. – like pointed ears and bushy tail for the fox, tail atop the back of the mountain lion. Lena is one of the few remaining carvers still using the traditional ‘bundles’ (an arrowhead with turquoise & coral offerings).  She consciously searches far and wide for colorful stones.  She has friends send her rocks, such as Petosky stones from the Great Lakes area, leopard rock from the painted desert or ‘crawl’ stones from the Baja seashores. Lena Boone is positioned in the middle of a five-generational span of past pioneer carvers and new upcoming carvers.  The Weahkee family has its origins in the pioneer career Teddy Weahkee, her maternal grandfather. Lena is a regular exhibitor at the major annual shows in Phoenix and Santa Fe. Back to top…