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Zuni carver, Kenric Laiwakete, carved this strong blue bear from apatite. There are some parts of the stone that glow in the light. The color of the stone is amazing, and there is even a grey line that resembles a heartline in the stone. He inlaid turquoise eyes, and carved a jet arrowhead with a small bit of spiny oyster shell, wrapped in heishi and turquoise for the bundle. What a powerful bear.
Size: 2" H x 3.125" 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.