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Abby Quam & Clayton Panteah
Horizontal turquoise heartlines were elegantly inlaid on both sides of Bernard Laiwakete's autumn-hued hickoryite bushytail (Wolf, Coyote, Fox) jazzed with brick red, fiery orange and golden yellow hues in a natural diagonal formation. The heartlines start at the mouth running to the heart region, representing the breath path of this turquoise-eyed canine's wonderful spirit or essence. About 4 1/4" long, 3/4" wide and 1 1/8" tall.
Bernard comes from a great line of Zuni Pueblo carvers: the Mahooty, Lasiloo and Laiwakete families. His son is carver Kenric Laiwakete and several of his brothers carve as well.
Melvin Sandoval, San Felipe-Zuni
Terry Wilson, Dine-Zuni
Salvador Romero, Cochiti
Kevin Chapman, Zuni-Sioux
Ray Tsalate's artistic brilliance and never-ending ingenuity is expressed in a truly remarkable single strand fetish necklace called "Mother Earth". He shared these meaningful words with us: "My inspiration comes from my Zuni culture. We are brought up to understand the Earth is our All-Mother. The Ultimate Feminine Divinity and Energy that flows through every single one of us; Flora & Fauna and the spaces in-between, like the blood in our veins. We are her Essence and Beauty manifested physically...I understood this piece to be a sort of homage to Mother Earth and her children."
Inspiration also came to Ray from an "eye-opening" trip to Chaco Canyon, an ancient ancestral puebloan site in northwestern New Mexico, as well as his Zuni Pueblo upbringing where he was taken to sacred sites and taught their significance. Both locations are home to early rock art or petroglyphs. At Chaco Canyon, he was in awe of the intricate rock art, incredible architecture, the culture and connection that exists there. In Zuni, the rock art he saw as a youngster was "connected to Mother Earth", "Human Figures or Caretakers", and a "variety of animals".
Back home in his studio was a rich stash of treasured beads made recently and years prior. After intricately carving, beautifully inlaying, polishing and carefully stranding a gorgeous assortment of high-quality materials such as sky-blue turquoise, glistening mother-of-pearl, pen shell, rare sugilite, gold lip shell, watery abalone, antler, serpentine, colorful lapis lazuli, spiny oyster shell, golden amber, garnet, fresh water pearl, red and pink corals, plus variscite, resulted in this never seen before, approximate 38" long museum-quality necklace. At its center is a cherished turquoise Mother, measuring about 1 1/2" long, 7/8" wide and 3/8" deep. Accompanying her are delightful animals such as birds, perhaps Eagles and Hawks, bushytails like Coyote, Wolf and Fox, Mountain-lions (cougar, puma or panther), maybe a Bison (or buffalo), Moles, Bears, Owls, Frogs, Turtles and Badgers. Heavenly stars, sweetly blooming flowers and even a darling mushroom are seen.
The exquisite lapis lazuli beads are faceted and twinkle with happiness along with the other mouth-watering ones. All the cheerful animal's eyes are inlaid from either coral, turquoise, pen shell, lapis lazuli, malachite and mother-of-pearl. A sterling silver toggle closure is lovely. Extra shipping charges may apply. This outstanding necklace will be featured in a special advertisement for Keshi in El Palacio magazine, Summer edition 2022.
Ryan Awelagte's father is artist Burt Awelagte who is from the greater Othole family of accomplished Zuni fetish carvers. Burt's uncle is renowned carver Gibbs Othole. Ryan's little brother is Kyle.
We're happy to share Ryan's latest offering, a spirited bushytail (Coyote, Fox, or Wolf) with a magnificently voluminous tail. Turquoise inlaid eyes are set into magnesite, while a mouth-watering offering bundle is composed of beads such as natural branch red coral, green turquoise, fresh water pearls, melon shell, amber and other delicious goodies. About 3" tall, 4" long and 1/2" wide.
Rosella & Loubert Soseeah
A naturally striped travertine onyx is put to good use in this approximate 4 3/4" long, 2" tall and 1 1/4" wide bushytail (Coyote, Fox or Wolf). It's been beautifully carved by husband and wife team, Rosella and Loubert Soseeah who produce outstanding fetishes made from great materials. A lovely carved black lip shell point along with turquoise, red coral and heishe shell beads is the lively offering bundle. They've incised this turquoise-eyed canine's bushytail in a finely executed way.