Zuni artist Bernard Laiwakate has carved this bear from tigilite and inlaid its eyes and heartline with turquoise. One of the interpretations of the heartline is that it gives the fetish healing or medicinal power. Another is that is represents that breath path leading to the magical power of the animal.The bear is known for strength and/or healing abilities and is carved in a great variety of styles and materials. While the white bear is particularly known for its healing and curative abilities and the hump-backed bear is often referred to as a 'medicine bear', all bears are known for healing and strength. One of the interpretations of the heartline is that it gives the fetish healing or medicinal power. Another is that is represents that breath path leading to the magical power of the animal.Fetish carvings are made in numerous styles and materials and are representative of a vast array of animals and figures since artists and carvers have become more creative and varied. Carving fetishes has developed into one of the most collectible art forms of the Zuni Tribe today. Fetishes are still made and used in homes, for special purposes and religious ceremony. They originally came from the belief that when a stone resembled a certain animal, the power of that animal resided in the stone. Sometimes after finding such a stone, carving a bit of the stone to bring out more of the animal resemblance was done.
Height: 1.25", Length: 1.75", Width: 0.5"