Protected by Bear Doe
zf00103Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
This doe stands on a bear paw with a banded green malachite stone in the center. Darnell Westika carved her from sandstone and inlaid turquoise eyes. We love the subtle heartline he engraved on one side.
Size: 3.25" H x 3.75" L x 1.5" W
Deer are sacred to some Native Americans. Like the buffalo, they provide food, skins for clothing and pouches, hooves for rattles, antlers for weapons and art. There are deer dances in Northern Mexico and the Southwest where the spirit of the deer enters into the bodies of the men who have been prepared to accept the deer. When the men dance, they are no longer men. They are deer.
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.