The Fetish Carvers of Zuni by Marian Rodee & James Ostler 1990
The Fetish Carvers of Zuni. By Marian Rodee and James Ostler, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1990.
Zuni pueblo in western New Mexico is renowned for its small carved stone animal figurines, or fetishes. A fetish is an object, natural or manmade, in which a spirit is thought to reside and which can be used to effect either good or evil. According to legend, when a man finds a rock that resembles an animal, he has in his possession one of the original animals turned to stone by the children of the Sun Father. Such a fetish has the soul or breath of the animal inside.
The Fetish Carvers of Zuni studies both the history of fetishes and Zuni's major contemporary fetish carvers, their art, aesthetics, and business.
Secure binding with clean pages and mild cover wear. Softcover book.