Bryans Gallery

Southwest Native American Arts and Jewelry in Taos since 1982

Picasso Marble Bear by Brian Yatsattie

190.00
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Picasso Marble Bear by Brian Yatsattie

190.00

Zuni Fetish by Brian Yatsattie, standing bear carved in Picasso marble with inlaid turquoise eyes.

Approx: 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 1".

 

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Zuni Fetish by Brian Yatsattie, standing bear carved in Picasso marble with inlaid turquoise eyes.

Approx: 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 1".

 

Brian Yatsattie


Zuni Carver Brian Yatsattie comes from a family of jewelry artisans. His mother, Janta Yatsattie, was known for her petit-point jewelry. He began his artistic career as a painter.  In 1989 Brian began carving because "it looked like fun.”

In 1992 he moved to San Felipe Pueblo and is now teaching others the art of fetish carving. He is a most creative and talented carver who makes one of a kind, custom Zuni carvings, which are straight forward, stylized and appeal to a wide variety of fetish buyers and collectors.

Brian, a self taught carver, was inspired to learn carving by watching others working their art. He started out as a painter but really wanted to try a new medium, so he picked up some stone and started carving.  20 years later Brian's carvings are being collected globally and are much sought after by people familiar with the Zuni traditions. Brian has taught his brother and son how to carve so the family tradition will continue. 

One question Brian gets asked on a daily basis is, "How do you decide what stone and animal to carve?" According to Brian, "The stone tells me what it wants to be."

Fetishes and Their Meanings...

Armadillo - Slow, sure, in no hurry, gets things right, keeper of the home
Badger - Boldness, perseverance, individuality, “South”
Bat -Guardian of the night, cleaner
Bear -Strength, introspection, power of the soul, lightens emotional burdens, “West”
Beaver- Builder, strong sense of family & home, Keeper of the waterways
Bobcat - (Lynx) - Secrets, Clairvoyance, in tune with higher self
Buffalo - Endurance to overcome, great emotional courage, provider of all
Coyote - Trickster, associated with laughter, humor. Works well in a group
Deer - Great power of gentleness
Dolphin - Clairvoyance, trust, loyalty and the spirit of friendship
Eagle -Creator, teacher, loyalty, great integrity, spirit connection to the divine. “Sky”
Elk - Strength, agility and freedom
Fish - Purifier, character, ability to hide emotions
Fox -Camouflage, protection, ingenuity, quickness, great passion
Frog -Cleansing, rainmaker, silently warns of danger, associated with abundance
Hawk - Messenger of the sky, observer
Horned Toad -Self-reliance, longevity, protects ancestral bounty
Horse - Protector of the flocks, power, swiftness, strength, enlightenment, possesses healing powers
Hummingbird - Messenger, stopper of time
Lizard - Dreamer, conservation, agility
Mole - Amplifies connection with the earth, protects the fields “Underground”
Moose - Headstrong, unstoppable, longevity
Mountain Lion - Leadership, resourcefulness, great courage, high standards “North”
Mouse - Timid, secretive, sneaky
Owl - Clairvoyance, wisdom, patience, mental endurance, keeper of the night
Otter - Laughter, curiosity, mischievous
Rabbit - Virtue, serenity, quiet talent, restrained passion
Raccoon - Bandit, shy resourceful
Ram - Sense of self-worth, assures an increase in flocks
Raven - Magic, trickster, teacher, hoarder
Seal - Family oriented, possesses power in numbers
Sheep - Charity, elegance, passion, best at the arts, talents bring riches
Skunk - Wary, conspicuous, intense
Snake - Transmutation, life, death, rebirth
Squirrel - Natural intelligence, saver, protects reserves
Swan - Grace, ability to see the future, intuiton
Turkey - Smart, elusive, festive
Turtle - Longevity, fertility, symbol of Mother Earth, home and reliability
Whale - Record keeper, carrier of history, understanding
Wolf - Teacher, family oriented, warm, deeply spiritual, pathfinder, “East”