This stylized hummingbird fetish from Zuni artist Estevan Najera is a stunning representation of an ancient art. Handcrafted using elk antler, this carved piece is naturally colored with an ivory hue and beautiful black mottling. Estevan Najera depiction of a hummingbird resting on a flower petal is a true showcase of his talent. The hummingbird, in Zuni culture, is a messenger and represents the ability to stop time and enjoy the beauty that surrounds.
- Fetish handcrafted by Estevan Najera (Zuni)
- Fetish measures 1-3/4” L x 1-1/4” W x 3-1/2” H
- Traditional Zuni fetish>
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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This stylized hummingbird fetish from Zuni artist Estevan Najera is a stunning representation of an ancient art. Handcrafted from elk antler, the carved piece is ivory-hued with a beautiful black mottling and depicts a hummingbird figure resting on a flower petal. In Zuni culture the hummingbird is a messenger and represents the ability to stop time, joy and beauty.
Hummingbirds bring beauty and joy to the world. Their jewel-like colors and rapid movements startle us, focusing our attention on this unique moment and the precious wonder of now. Hummingbirds migrate incredible distances and must consume great quantities of nectar to support their long journey. Darting from flower to flower, hummingbird tastes the sweet essence and nectar of life. When we experience joy we are more receptive to love. Hummingbird medicine opens our hearts.
Fetishes are small carvings that depict animals or other important Native icons. Many tribes and Pueblos of the Southwest are known for making fetishes, but this ancient art form is most closely associated with the Zuni, who are considered the most skilled fetish carvers. Early Zuni fetishes were called Ahlashiwe, or stone ancients. Traditionally, they depict wolves, bears, mountain lions, eagles, frogs, rabbits, fish, corn maiden and other animals. The Zuni people believe that the skills and qualities of the animal reside in these fetishes and can bring some of the animals’ power to their keeper. They are often part of ceremonies and serve as a powerful connection to nature and the spirit world.Read our Native American Carvings Collector's Guide.
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