Shannon Waatsa is a young carver from Zuni Pueblo, and a new artist here at Wright’s. She began carving in November 2017, under the mentorship of her partner, Maegan Shetima (another new artist here at Wright’s…look for her beautiful fetishes online soon!)
This buffalo is the artist’s first, made from found stone on the Zuni Pueblo. The horns are made from pen shell and the eyes are perfect circles of black jet. The smooth stone accentuates the buffalo’s haunches, rounded and gleaming, and the look on his face says that he is determined…perhaps ready for a fight? But not to worry, this beautiful little buffalo will sit quietly on your mantel or shelf, representing a “steadfast endurance to rise above one’s weaknesses”.
On the bottom of his feet, Shannon has carefully carved the year it was made (18), her initials (SW), and Zuni NM.
This beautiful buffalo is the first of many for this up-and-coming artist. We look forward to seeing what else Shannon can do!