The art of North America's Indigenous people has been
recognized as being among the best in the world. These pages showcase
the stone carving artistry of the Zuni people of the Southwest United
States and the Inuit people of Arctic Canada.
Zuni Fetish Carvings
We have been purveyors of Zuni Fetish carvings for the past
25 years. In that time we have amassed one of the finest collections
of the art form to be found anywhere. The following pages will show
you some examples of these wonderful sculptures that you can hold in
the palm of your hand. However, they can only give you a glimpse of
what lies in store at our physical gallery. Please visit in person,
whenever you are in the region.
Numerous are the changes we've seen in the both the art and
the artists over the past quarter century. Early carvings tended to
be simple renderings of the animals significant to the form. A
generation later, many Zuni lapidaries have stopped producing jewelry
and now devote their talents full time to fetish carving. Younger
carvers are emerging as masters of the form and establishing their
own highly defined signature styles. The subjects of their art have
gone beyond the traditionally defined animals to encompass exotic
creatures and flights of fantasy.
Navajo Fetish Carvings
We offer the work of these fine Navajo carvers in addition
to the Zuni carvers. We feel their work is of comparable high
quality, and worthy additions to any collection. There are also a few
instances where fetish making couples are living on the Zuni
reservation, but one of the spouses is Navajo. In these cases, we list
them with the Zuni carvers for the sake of simplicity.
The addition of Inuit art to our gallery was a natural
extension of our interest in Zuni carvings. We were immediately
struck by the similarities among the two cultures. Separated by
thousands of miles, these two peoples share many of the same beliefs,
and celebrate many of the same animals in their art.
The Inuit of Arctic Canada have deep roots that lie in the
prehistoric past. The art, as we know it today, emerged in the
1940s, and developed into a stunning array of work that continues to
develop and refine into a contemporary art form that is acclaimed for
its striking imagery, beauty and whimsey.
The Inuit people are found throughout the arctic, generally
in small villages of less than 1000 inhabitants. Our collection
features work primarily from the villages of the recently
incorporated territory of Nunavut. These communities have their own
distinct styles and material variations. We also offer Inuit made
ivory carvings that originate from small island villages in Alaska.