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Kenny Chavez

Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Kenny Chavez! 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! Kenny Chavezis 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 Kenny Chavez! Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Kenny Chavez!

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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.

Spanish jet found in Aragon, Galicia and also in Austria is harder and more brittle than the English product. Jet from Wurtemberg, Germany, is considered inferior. Material from El Paso County, Colorado, takes a fine polish, and Wayne County, Utah jet is generally an inferior quality with many cracks. Deposits also occur at Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada but the hardness of the material produced is inferior. The province of Languedoc, France is another well known source. Jet ornaments have been found in Paleolithic cave deposits in Switzerland and France and, more importantly and most relevant to this discussion, among the archeological treasures of the Pueblo Indians of North America.

Kenny has inlaid the eyes of the bison with sterling silver and the fetish is signed Chavez in the typical manner of the artist. It was originally purchased in 2001 and will be great for pocket, purse or your Zuni fetish collection!

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

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    Price WAS: $60. | SALE PRICE: $42.
    Zuni Carver: Kenny Chavez
    Item: Buffalo
    Material: Jet
    Dimensions: 1 5/8"L x 3/4"T x 5/8"W
    Signed: Chavez
    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

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