Golden Bushytail
Golden Bushytail
Golden Bushytail
Golden Bushytail
Golden Bushytail

Golden Bushytail

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This golden bushytail was carved from pyrite with inlaid turquoise eyes by Kenny Chavez.  Pyrite is a difficult metal mineral to carve which makes it even more special.  It has been well loved for many years in the private collection of the owner of Gathering Tribes.  More about bushytails below.

Size: .75" H x 1.5" L x .675" W

Wolves, coyotes and foxes all look the same in the distance.  In Zuni there is a word that translates into "bushytail" in English.  You get to choose what this bushytail is for you.

Wolves are intelligent, resourceful creatures that live in their own communities called packs.  They have excellent communication skills and are protective of one another.  The leaders of their community are called “alpha” and are usually males and females, although there are known to be alphas that are only females (yay to the matriarchy!).  The alphas are the only wolves in the pack who breed, and they also eat first.  They are the strongest and most intelligent wolves of the group.

Foxes are playful, clever, quick, and protective of their young.  They also mate for life, and are indigenous to every continent except Antarctica.

Coyotes figure prominently in Native American history.  In some tribes, they are powerful creation beings who teach us by doing things that turn out wrong, or even disastrous.  Oftentimes, they have a humorous quality.  In their natural environment they live in packs, hunt together, and protect one another.  Once one hears them yipping at night it is never forgotten.

Traditionally, Zuni carvings are symbolically fed cornmeal.   Each Zuni fetish comes in a box  You get to determine what this carving looks like to you!