Zuni carver, Jonathan Natewa, carved this butterfly out of black marble and inlaid turquoise eyes. It has twisted wire antenna that curves delicately at the ends. It has etchings of plants and geometric designs all over the wings. It is signed "J. Natewa" on the bottom. So strong and beautiful!
Size: 1" H x 3" L x 2.5" W
Butterflies begin their lives as caterpillars, crawling around and munching on leaves. They then go through a dramatic transformation inside the cocoons that they make for this purpose. They emerge as creatures of the air and flight. For many Native American people, planting specific seeds and harvests revolve around when butterflies emerge or depart. They also symbolize transformation because they go through such huge changes.
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.
Zuni carver, Ruben Najera, carved this delicate dragonfly in flight. Below the dragonfly is detailed carved grass. It has inlaid turquoise eyes. The wings are also detailed with delicate engravings.
Size: 3" H x 2.25" L x 1" W
Dragonflies have different, yet similar meanings throughout Native America. In Zuni, they are messengers between this world and the next and are related to the coming rains and corn. In other tribes they are strong protectors, as dragonflies are one of the very few creatures that can fight while flying backwards. They are known to watch our backs and offer protection. Their symbol is a vertical line with two horizontal bars, and can be seen on war shirts, shields and painted on horses going into battle.
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.