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Todd Westika carved this clear corn maiden from spar Gypsum and inlaid silver eyes and five turquoise dots on her chest. Engraved on the front are corn kernels, stars and dragonflies. Engraved on the back is a corn stalk and dragonflies. This was well loved for many years in the collection of Pennie, the owner of Gathering Tribes. More about corn maidens below.
Size: 3" H x .375" W x .5" L
Corn maidens represent everything good about being a woman: strong, kind, compassionate, nurturing, and powerful. There are many Indigenous stories about how corn was brought to the people at a time when there was hunger, and how a sacred, sometimes other worldly, female being brought them corn. Corn maidens come with a card detailing the meaning, the carver, and the material they are carved from.
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.