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Dave Cooeyate

Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Dave Cooeyate! 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! Dave Cooeyateis 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 Dave Cooeyate!


Organic in origin, Jet was formed by the decomposition of ancient trees called Protophinacea, similar to modern day Cypress under high pressure over millions of years underground. Jet ranges in color from a very dark brown to black, takes a good polish and has been found in jewelry dating back to 17,000 BC in Asturias, Spain. Jet is found in two forms, hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of the carbon compression and salt water, while soft jet is the result of the carbon compression and fresh water.

It is in shale formations, on and near the coast in the vicinity of Whitby, in Yorkshire, England, that the finest jet has always been found and worked. It occurs in lumps of variable size, often retaining the shape of the branches and twigs of the trees from which it evolved. There are also other sources of jet. During the days of the Roman occupation of Britain and up to the present time, it has had a varying degree of popularity, finding its widest use as mourning jewelry in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Dave has inlaid the eyes of Sleeping Beauty turquoise and the fetishes are not signed which is typical for the artist. The carvings were originally purchased from Four Corners in 2006 and the consignee has requested that they be sold as a pair.

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

    Video: No, but view other videos here.
    Price: $36.
    Zuni Carver: Dave Cooeyate
    Item: Horse Pair
    Material: Jet
    Dimensions: Larger Horse: 1 5/8"L x 1 1/8"T x 3/8"W
    Signed: NO
    Shipping costs: $8.50 + 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

In an effort to keep our collectors informed of new arrivals, posts of interest to Zuni fetish collectors, the latest critters to visit our east Texas woods, rants, raves and rambles will be published HERE at the Zuni Spirits Blog. You may subscribe (& unsubscribe) at this link.

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