Rickson Kallestewa carved this bear from alabaster. The pot has a real purple corn kernal in it, and has a Kokopelli, rain cloud, and butterfly on it. The paws, eyes, nostrils, and mouth are detailed. It has a mother of pearl arrowhead tied onto the offering bundle. "RK", "Zuni NM", and "2018" are carved into the bottom.
Size: 2" H x 2.75" L x 1" 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.