Zuni Fetishes

Etsate Smokey the Bear Fetish

$150.00

Etsate Smokey the Bear Fetish

carved from multiple stones and finished with a little shovel with metal head and turquoise eyes by Zuni artist Jimmy Etsate.

2 in stock

Zuni Carved Smokey the Bear

 by Jimmy Etsate

Etsate Smokey the Bear Fetish. This Smokey the Bear was carved from multiple stones and finished with a little shovel with metal head and turquoise eyes by Zuni artist Jimmy Etsate. This symbol of the U.S. Forest Service since 1944 is still used today. Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.

JIMMIE ETSATE died in June 2013. Jimmie was an experienced Zuni carver who specialized in the carving of folk art like pieces of art. Jimmie’s carvings are made from a variety of stone, such as turquoise, Zuni Rock, and serpentine. He made Zuni truck figures and Smokey the Bear carvings among other Zuni folk art replicas. Jimmie was a gentleman Zuni Pueblo carver.

 

Dimensions:

3 in. tall

SKU

Jimmy Etsate–7221

Fetishes are carved into different animals and supernatural spirits, each a significant symbol to the Zuni people. The animals and spirits depicted through these fetishes were believed to have certain characteristics that could be transferred into the carvings themselves. If you owned a fetish, you would then inherit the respective properties that your fetish represents. However, until the carving is blessed by a Zuni spiritual leader, it remains an intricately carved piece of art.

Some animals have important symbolic characteristics that are relatively consistent; however, the spirit of the fetish can be interpreted in many ways depending on the individual owner’s perspective.

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