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Wilfred Cheama

Zuni Spirits is proud to represent a variety of Zuni fetish carvers, including Wilfred Cheama! 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! Wilfred Cheama is 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 Wilfred Cheama!



We count our blessings to have discovered Zuni fetishes when we did. There was a huge revival going on in Zuni due largely to an article published in the Wall Street Journal in the 1980's. Then, with the creation of the internet, the availability and exposure of Zuni and its talented artists just exploded. We have seen some amazing work in our twenty years of collecting and the quality of stones during this time was unequalled.

Wilfred Cheama has carved this stocky, powerful bobcat from an exquisite piece of turquoise. It has some cuprite and minimal tenorite and the color is a vivid, true turquoise color. The posture of the bobcat is compact, as though he is prepared to launch himself toward some prey. His face and head is beautifully detailed with lapis inlaid eyes, a well carved ruff and alert ears. The body of the bobcat is fully etched to appear furry. The tail is in "mid switch" (indicating deep concentration on the prey) and this is a MALE bobcat. We have always found it amusing that the carvers really enjoy anatomical realism ... ahem.

Wilfred is, of course, a member of the talented Cheama family. He is well known for his realistic, finely etched pieces and was taught to carve in this style by half-brother, Dan Quam. I am particularly fond of his bobcats. They are always tight, little powerhouses that just exude wildness and strength. Another in our estate series. Don't miss this opportunity to add this treasure to your collection. Signed.

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

    Price: $250.
    Zuni Carver: Wilfred Cheama
    Item: Bobcat
    Material: Turquoise
    Dimensions: 1 3/4"L x 1 1/4"T x 1 5/16"W
    Signed: Wilfred Cheama, Zuni
    Shipping costs: $11.25 + 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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