Herbert Halate carved this contemplative bear from a beautiful piece of cedar. The bear is looking down as if deep in thought. It has bright blue inlaid turquoise eyes, and an offering bundle of a long thin turquoise. It is so smooth and feels very good in the hand.
Size: 2" H x 3.5" L x .75" 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.