Lena Boone is famed for her maintaining the old style of fetish carving. Originally, fetishes were found stones that resembled an animal, to the finder.
Keeping to this tradition, instead of intricate, realistic detail, she carves the general form of the animal and adds a few features that indicate its identity.
This pleasingly plump beaver is round and smooth, and carved from lustrous black marble.
His broad and textured tail is the giveaway of his genus; his turquoise blue eyes show that he lives in the Southwest.
On his back, a handsomely carved, gorgeous, natural purple spiny oyster shell arrowhead, is wrapped with turquoise and coral bits, forming a traditional medicine bundle.
Beavers are diligent, hard-working, and dam up waterways, so they are good luck and good role models. (Water is of major importance in the high desert.)
This attractive fellow is beautifully shaped, in a watchful pose, and exquisitely polished. Just try to resist patting that silky smooth stone!
A marvelously attractive fetish carving by a leading matriarch and artist.