Big Catlinite Raptor
Big Catlinite Raptor
Big Catlinite Raptor
Big Catlinite Raptor
Big Catlinite Raptor

Big Catlinite Raptor

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Zuni Carver, Derrick Kaamasee, carved this raptor from a chunk of catlinite and inlaid bright blue turquoise for eyes.  It appears to be perched on a rock - maybe a rocky outcropping on a mountain to see a long distance?  As with all of Derrick's bird carvings, the feathers are intricately detailed. 

Size: 2.975" H x 1.5" L x 2.25" W

Raptors have many meanings in Native America.  The eagle is the most sacred since it sees the furthest and flies the highest.  It is considered as a messenger to take our prayers to the Creator.  In Zuni Pueblo, eagles are also the guardian of the sky world.  Hawks have a similar meaning, but not as powerful as the eagle.  For some Indigenous people, hawks are the smaller siblings of eagles.

Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal.   Each Zuni fetish comes in a box with a descriptive card and a tiny bit of corn meal to tide them over until they reach you.