Tiny Bear Fetish Earrings

By Reva Halate

Animal: Bear, Material: Picasso Marble
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Reva Halate's father was Zuni Pueblo artist Leonard Halate (d). He started in jewelry making in the 1950's eventually taking up fetish carving around 1960. His work was well-known for a wonderful whimsical feel. Reva's siblings are renowned carvers Herbert Halate, Marvelita Phillips and Pansy Natachu. Her nephews are artists Brandon Phillips, Peter and Steven Natachu, plus Justin Red Elk. Reva's tiny Bear Picasso marble fetish earrings are about 2" long including hooks and 5/8" wide. Friendly eyes have been drilled and darkened with jet paste. One of the little bears has a natural striation resembling a heartline or breath path.

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