James is a young member of the Quam family, among the most notable carvers at Zuni. His mother, Abby Quam, is known for her fetish carvings, and his father, Clayton Panteah, is famous for his inlaid jewelry.
This lustrous eagle carving is shown with wings outspread, as if in flight. Eagles are the Guardians and Protectors of the Sky and one of the major fetish animals for the Zuni.
Since they fly so high, they are considered messengers to the spirits; they carry prayers up to the heavens.
This eagle is carved from a thick piece of natural pink mussel shell, displaying its lovely pink hues.
Wherever you place him, this handsome eagle will protect you and your household, keep your hunting (for food) skills honed, and delight you with its beautiful iridescence.