This chubby bear is so expressive! It was carved from cottonwood by Elise Westika, who is Cheryl Beyuka's daughter. The detailed fur is incised with an exacto knife and the face is so sweet with a smile. Three turquoise beads top the offering bundle.
size: 1.25" H x 1.75" L x 1.675" W
Bears are the guardians of the western gate in Zuni Pueblo. They are associated with healing at all levels, protection, and a reminder to restore oneself during the winter months. In some traditions a part of the bear is rubbed all over infants to imbue them with power, strength, and good health.
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.