Tweety Bird in Cage

Patsy Waikaniwa



Traditionally, Zuni women have created beaded figures that reflect the life of their culture.

Although this adorable Tweety Bird is not a traditional Zuni symbol, cartoons are part of the contemporary life of Native children, so the tradition is maintained. Everything new becomes a cherished old custom with time.

This artist transferred her memory and imagination directly to her skilled fingers, without any pattern, or other aid – just as in the old, beadwork figures.

Using one continuous thread, Patsy fashioned two winsome versions of the little canary, beloved of generations of kids.  The other, also on our website, is the little yellow bird by himself.

This Tweety, however, is still in his cage, swinging along with a slightly ambivalent expression. The cage is ingeniously made of recycled plastic, and is ready to hang, wherever Sylvester will not get to it!

Artfully beaded Tweety Bird is also detachable, and ready to hang without his cage, if you prefer. You can almost hear him saying,”I taut I taw a Puddy Tat!”

And – what a coincidence – we happen to have that “PuddyTat”,  Sylvester, also a marvelous beadwork figure by this same artist, on our website!

Sylvester and Tweety Bird, together or separately, update an historic tradition. On your shelf, or hanging from it,  they will bring smiles all the time!


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