Jonathan Natewa engraved water symbols all along the top of this bear's back, which is why we called it the Water Back Bear. There are also engraved feathers, plants and geometric designs. The stone is catlinite, and the eyes are inlaid turquoise. It is signed "J. Natewa" and "Zuni N.M." on the bottom. So strong and beautiful!
Size: 2.25" H x 2.55" L x .5" 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.