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Sonoran Sunrise Gila Monster with Micro Inlay by Jeff Shetima

765.00
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Sonoran Sunrise Gila Monster with Micro Inlay by Jeff Shetima

765.00

Zuni fetish by Jeff Shetima: meticulously carved Sonoran sunrise gila monster with mother of pearl, turquoise and onyx micro inlay.

Approx: 2 5/8" x 4 3/8" x 1 7/8"




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Zuni fetish by Jeff Shetima: meticulously carved Sonoran sunrise gila monster with mother of pearl, turquoise and onyx micro inlay.

Approx: 2 5/8" x 4 3/8" x 1 7/8"




Jeff Shetima

Jeff Shetima, one of Zuni Pueblo's most collected fetish carvers, comes from a family of jewelry makers and silversmiths. He started creating jewelry and carvings when he was about 11 years old.  Jeff learned jewelry making from his parents and grandparents and learned carving techniques by observing his neighbors on Zuni Pueblo. The material for his first carvings were from a neighbor’s pile of scrap rocks. During the last decade, Jeff has primarily focused on fetish carving, creating one-of-a-kind lifelike stone carvings, paying particular attention to detail on the faces. He also adds gemstone micro inlay designs to his carvings, which are the most distinguishing characteristics of his fetish art. Jeff describes his carving as a process of seeking harmony. "Every stone that I hold in my hands must be in harmony with me before I start a carving. Only with good thoughts, energy and feelings will I proceed to carve. This helps ensure that the positive energy will be internalized in the finished carving.”

Awards, Collections & Publications:

2012 - SWAIA 91st Annual Santa Fe Indian Market - Honorable Mention, Second Place ribbon

Featured in a magazine, The Spirit of Zuni, 2005

Work published in Native Peoples magazine & Tucson Guild 

 Permanent collection at the Museum of Man in San Diego CA 

 The Natural Historic Museum in Los Angeles CA 

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, intuition
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”