This Red Onyx bear fetish was hand-carved by Zuni artist Bernard Laiwakete. It has a lovely deep burgundy color which is lightly marbled adding a lot of depth to the bear. The prayer bundle consists of a Mother of Peral arrow head which is held on by Red Colar and Turquoise beads.
The bear is one of the most powerful of all the Zuni fetishes. The bear is a healer as well as a protector.
Bernard Laiwakete is one of 5 brothers, all fetish carvers, who are well known for their use of fine stones and intricate inlay work. Bernard's bear fetishes all have a very unique and distinct style; modern and angular while still retaining a link to the past.