Here is an absolutely stunning medicine bear fetish by Zuni artist Prudencia Quam. The bear is carved from a beautifully marbled piece of Dolomite and has delicately inlaid Turquoise eyes. The intricacy of the bear's ears and face gives it a sweetness that is very appropriate considering it is a healing fetish.
All bear fetishes are considered to have healing properties but this specific bear is known as a "medicine bear" who's sole purpose is to bring its owner greater health. The characteristics that set apart a medicine bear fetish from any other bear fetish are its rounded back and low hanging head.
Prudencia Quam is a well-known fetish carver with a unique style all her own. She is the daughter of famous fetish carver Andrew Emerson Quam and is married to Vernon Lunasee who is well known for his fetishes. Prudencia and Vernon often work together.