Leland Boone has hand carved this wonderful mountain lion out of Glass Slag. The white mountain lion has a center full of color which accentuates its life force. The prayer bundle, which heightens the power of the fetish, is made of Pink Shell, Turquoise, and Coral. Though the structure of the mountain lion is simplistic, it is brimming with detail.
The mountain lion fetish is both a protective fetish and a hunting fetish. To the Zuni, it represents resourcefulness and leadership. The mountain lion is thought to be the protector of the north and is was one of the most powerful fetishes in Zuni culture.
Leland Boone is one of Zuni's most established fetish carvers. Having learned the art of carving from his mother, he and his wife, Daphne Quam, now work together in their studio in Zuni. To learn more about Leland Boone check out our Featured Artist Spotlight on Leland Boone and Daphne Quam in the Village News section of our website.