Quail by Enrike Leekya

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The Quail is carved out of Zuni Stone also known as Travertine, which is a non-crystalline, porous rock found on the Zuni reservation. This carving has a Spiny Oyster (?) beak, eyes inlaid with Onyx, Turquoise and Coral, and the tail is covered in Jet. Measures: ~ 2-1/2" tall x 3" long from beak to tail x 7/8" wide Artist: Enrike Leekya
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Prized for their beauty and spiritual renewal, fetishes have long been an important part of Native American Culture. When a Fetish maker prays over his created work, a mystical power is believed to become released, assisting a person in finding a solution to their present problems. All Southwestern tribes make and use fetishes, however, the Zuni people have developed a reputation for being skillful carvers. Among the Zunis, fetishes offer good luck, protection, and hunting guidance from the inner spirit of each carved animal.

It is said the Quail represents holiness and the sacred spirit..