Zuni Deer Antler Dragonfly Carving

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A delicate carving of two dragonflies made of antler. This piece can be displayed from any angle to show off the artistry and detail. 

Tribe: Zuni 

Measurements: ~2" tall x 2-1/4" wide x 1-1/2" deep

Material: Deer Antler

Artist: Ruben Najera


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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 Zuni, fetishes offer good luck, protection, and hunting guidance from the inner spirit of each carved animal.

Ruben Najera started carving when he was 15 years old and was taught and trained by his older brother, Estaban. He prefers to create carvings of scenes that tell a story rather than single images. He also works exclusively in antler and ivory materials.