Traditional Zuni Fetish Carving
August 12-13th in Mystic and Westbrook, CT, Lorandina Sheche demonstrated
her technique at Southern Exposure and displayed her work for sale.
, a member of the Zuni tribe and a gifted fetish carver, comes from
a well known family of Zuni carvers. They are best known for their
was the “Best of Show” winner at the Northern Arizona
Zuni Heritage Show in 2000, an all-Zuni art show that has been held
for 20 years.
with Lorandina, we were honored to have long-time Zuni trader Tony
Eriacho present his collection of Zuni Fetishes and Jewelry.
Fetish Carving & Jewelry Show & Sale
Left: Avid collectors take a look
at Tony Eriacho's selection of Zuni Fetishes for sale.
Right: Displayed are some of the tools that Lorandina Sheche
works with daily. You will see chunks of various stones, including
turquoise and pipestone, and bits of coral to fasten strands of sinew
(sitting in a bowl of water, top left) with for the offerings Lorandina
often makes for the tops of the fetishes.
Sheche begins carving her pieces from blocks of stone using a belt
attached to a motor. The dust and excess from the stone gets blown
out of the other side of this motor. For the purposes of demonstrating
her techniques inside, we attached the back end of the motor into
a garbage can, connected with plastic garbage bags and tape.
left: Lorandina finishes polishing a frog fetish with a hand
tool for a customer.
right: A gorgeous display of Zuni jewelry and fetishes that
were available for sale. Zuni trader Tony Eriacho had an terrific
selection of both traditional and contemporary zuni jewelry - fetish
necklaces, inlay work, and needlepoint turquoise!