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Dan Quam

Dan Quam is generally thought to be the innovator of realistic carving. His animals are carved in exquisite detail, with fur, feathers, and naturalistic attitudes beautifully rendered.
Dan is also credited with teaching his half-brothers, Lance, Fabian and Wilfred Cheama his style of carving. Today, Dan and his family, and the extended families of the Cheamas, are considered among the top carvers of Zuni. Dan is the “patriarch” of this genre of carving.