This Magnificent Zuni Owl has paused a moment on top of a high- reaching branch. The Owls wings neatly tuck inwards and his back extends in a stance of poise, reflection, and grace.
The Zuni Owl often embodies wide- ranging characteristics- from intellect to power. By choosing to depict this Owl static rather than in flight, Najera communicates the wise, pensive nature of the Zuni Owl.
Ruben Najera is a well- known Zuni artist. At 38 years of age, Najera is the youngest nephew of the Laate clan of carvers. He has developed a delicate style and innovative designs different from any other Fetish carver and uses exclusively the medium of deer antler. His major carving interest is birds and recently he created a series of true-to-life sandhill cranes for a New Mexico wildlife refuge.