Tiny Bushytail
Tiny Bushytail
Tiny Bushytail
Tiny Bushytail
Tiny Bushytail
Tiny Bushytail

Tiny Bushytail

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This tiny bushytail was carved  Picasso marble and has inlaid turquoise eyes.  It was in a collection that we purchased 15 years ago and recently rediscovered when we moved.  We think it was carved by Marilyn Chuyate  Quam.  It has the tiniest offering bundle with a turquoise arrowhead.  It is small enough to fit in a small leather pouch which is available here.

Size: .675" H x .25" W x 1.125" L

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 determine what this carving looks like to 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.

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.

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

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.