Serpentine Bear FetishLena Boone
Lena Boone is one of the most prominent and prolific carvers at Zuni Pueblo. She is the granddaughter of the legendary Teddy Weahkee and the daughter of Edna Leki, both of whose talents have been passed to her.
Lena keeps her fetish carvings close to the original concept of a found rock that resembles a protective animal. These abstract carvings are traditional on form, and Serpentine is one of the more traditional and widely used stones in Zuni fetish carving.
Not only is the is bear beautifully formed, but it also features a traditional offering bundle with a natural, pink mother of pearl arrowhead, and bits of turquoise and red coral.
Offering bundles, or medicine bundles, are meant to invoke the power of the fetish animal.
The bear is Guardian and Protector of the West, in Zuni lore, so this beautiful little fellow is both traditional and very 21st-century.