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Andres Quam

Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Andres Quam ! 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! Andres Quamis just one of the talented artisans whose work you'll find often at Zuni Spirits! Andres Quamis just one of the talented artisans whose work you'll find often at Zuni Spirits!


Howlite is often carved to produce decorative objects. It is a fairly inexpensive material and large nodules resembling cauliflower heads have been found in California in pieces as large as 50 kilograms. Though howlite has also been found in Nova Scotia in Canada, most of the material on the market comes from sites in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in California.

Since howlite is fairly porous it can be easily dyed to imitate other minerals. Due to the distinctive veining, howlite dyed a blue color makes a fairly convincing turquoise simulant. However howlite is a much softer stone than turquoise. The hardness of turquoise is 5 to 6 wheras howlite's is only 3.5. Therefore, it can be identified from such inauthentic turquoise. Howlite has also been dyed deep-blue to simulate lapis lazuli or red to imitate coral. Howlite is also sold in its natural state, sometimes under the misleading trade names of white turquoise or white buffalo turquoise, or the derived name white buffalo stone.

Andres gave the bear motion by positioning the head as if the bear was making sure no other bears were trying to steal its meal. The eyes and the fish are made from Sleeping beauty turquoise and the eye of the fish is inlaid of jet. The fetish is unsigned which was common for the artist and family. It was originally purchased in 2002.

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

    Video: No, but view other videos here.
    Price: $48.
    Zuni Carver: Andres Quam
    Item: Bear with Fish
    Material: Howlite
    Dimensions: 1 7/8"L x 7/8"T x 3/4"W
    Signed: NO
    Shipping costs: $8.50 + depending on your location
    Plus 6.75% 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!

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