Zuni Fetishes

Zuñi fetish bear and animal carvings are one of the most popular and collectible art forms of Native American artistry. This is a highly creative and expressive art form, uniquely mastered by Zuñi carvers.   The tradition goes back centuries, became popular in the early 20th century. Fetish carving has had a resurgence since the 1980s. Zuñi fetishes are a high collectible. Zuñi fetish bear and animal carvings made of stone, antler and shell, range in size from pocket size to table top to small sculptures. Artists represent and honor their culture throughout this medium.  They are constantly extending the limits of creativity with their Zuni fetish bear and animal carvings in stone, antler and shell.

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Zuni Fetishes Galleries A1-A7

We use an arbitrary classification of carvings into just five groupings – antler fetishes, the basic 8 fetish groupings, exceptional fetishes, vintage fetishes among others.  The other fetish gallery is devoted to the original artwork from our 1994 book on fetishes “Zuñi Fetish Carvings” (1994).  This resource is one of the few sources for buying Zuñi fetish bear and animal carvings from 1980 – 1994 and are highly sought-after.