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Herbert Him

Herbert Him is a master fetish carver. He is one of the few Zuni carvers to have pursued formal art training. While at the Institute of American Indian Arts, he came into contact with the iconic sculptor, Alan Houser, who became his mentor. Herbert’s work is sculptural, but on a much smaller scale than his teacher’s!
Naturalistic in style, it seems as if his turtles, for instance, will waddle right over to the nearest puddle. He often chooses materials that suggest the animal carved: dark green ricolite for turtles, white marble for a polar bear or sacred white buffalo, for example. HIs work is in museum collections and has won many awards.