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Ricky Laahty

Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Ricky Laahty! Zuni fetishes are treasures from the talented artisans of Zuni Pueblo, NM! We appreciate your interest in Zuni fetishes.  Collecting them is a passion we share! Zuni Spirits is celebrating 13 years of online web-gallery representation of Zuni fetish carvings! Ricky Laahtyis just one of the talented artisans whose work you'll find often at Zuni Spirits! Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Ricky Laahty! Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Ricky Laahty!


Larimar is said to be a relic of the lost continent of Atlantis and is a rare blue variety of pectolite found only in the Caribbean. Volcanic in origin, the most important outcrop of blue pectolite is located at Los Chupaderos, in the section of Los Checheses, about 10 kilometers southwest of the city of Barahona, in the south-western region of the Dominican Republic. The stone is formed when hot gases push crystallized minerals up though volcanic tubes. In order to mine and excavate the stone miners must identify these tubes and dig deeper and deeper into old volcanoes. In this a single mountainside is now perforated with approximately 2,000 vertical shafts, surrounded by rainforest vegetation and deposits of blue-colored mine tailings. Mining the stone is extremely difficult. Not only does the location of the mines make them extremely difficult to access, but the area is subject to the hurricane season, often causing the mines to be closed for 5 months out of the year. The stone must be mined by hand because dynamite or heavy machinery can destroy it. So excavation is extremely labor intensive. Miners, using only hand tools, must find and follow the small veins of Larimar. The best quality stone is often found as far as one hundred feet below the surface, digging through all that rock by hand obviously takes quite a bit of time. There is a finite amount of this beautiful gemstone left underground. Its Caribbean blue color makes it highly desirable, rare as a fetish carving stone and very, very collectable.

Larimar's beautiful colors mirror the blue and white shades of the ocean and sky. The word Larimar was created by the co-discoverer of the stone, Miguel Mendez, who combined the name of his daughter Larissa with the Spanish word Mar for sea. Larimar is used most often to make jewelry but here we have the frog meister, Ricky Laahty, creating a Zuni fetish from this valuable stone. Ricky makes his trademark froggie eyes from gold-lipped Mother-of-pearl and jet. The frog is signed Ricky Laahty very faintly.

If you would like to read more about the frog's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "frog" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.

    Video: No, but view other videos here.
    Price: $135.
    Zuni Carver: Ricky Laahty
    Item: Frog
    Material: Larimar
    Dimensions: 7/16"L x 11/16"T x 1 1/4"W
    Signed: Ricky Laahty
    Shipping costs: $ 10.00 + depending on your location
    Plus state sales tax to Texas residents!

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The Zuni Fetish Story

If you're new to Zuni fetish collecting and interested in learning more about them, we have written a short article about Zuni fetishes and what they mean to the Zuni culture. CLICK HERE to read the article on Zuni fetishes.

Zuni Fetish Meanings

We've written this article to inform Zuni fetish collectors about the specific meanings and attributes of the more traditional Zuni fetish carvings. CLICK HERE to read the article on Zuni fetish meanings.

The Zuni Language

If, as a Zuni fetish collector, you haven't had the opportunity visit Zuni Pueblo but would enjoy hearing some words in the Zuni language, we hope you'll findthis article interesting and informative. CLICK HERE and turn up your volume to enjoy!

The Zuni Spirits Blog

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