“Zuni Fetish Carvings” by Dr. Harold Finkelstein was a timely, limited edition book (in 1994) that celebrated the ‘fetish explosion’ of the 1980s and early 1990s. Although long out-of-print*, the original art work – over 200 Zuni fetish carvings – is now for sale. Each of the fetishes were made in 1993 or earlier, a few as old as the 1930s.
From the Book Gallery -A7
Each of the Zuni Fetish Carvings comes with a certificate of authenticity, referencing the page and photo number of that carving in the book. The gallery here presents a rotation of carvings from the “Zuni Fetish Carvings” book. Removed images may still be available. The little book that sparked a huge upsurge of interest in fetishes was published in 1994, with a number of subsequent printings. Author-written, -photographed, -designed, -composed, it was an ideal introduction to the subject at the time when interest from the general public was starting. Over 30,000 copies were sold in a private distribution network.
Although now out-of-print and followed by a few other books on the topic, “Zuni Fetish Carvings” is still relevant and a good introductory resource. We are still selling full-color posters associated with “Zuni Fetish Carvings”. Each poster, along with a certificate, is numbered from the original run and signed by Ronnie Cachini, the artist of the painting. The cover depicts Dowa Yallene (the sacred Corn Mountain) and the six directional animals, both in realistic form and in ethereal abstraction. Back to top…
* A full-color, PDF version of “Zuni Fetish Carvings” is available to read, at no cost, by clicking HERE.