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Felino Eriacho

Felino began carving in 1980 when he graduated from high school in Zuni. His earliest carvings were in antler - mostly owls and birds with beaks. He learned to carve from his grandfather, Andrew Weahkie, and from his uncles Roger Tsabatsaye and Will McKaye.

Felino spent his early summers herding family sheep alone in the mountains of the Zuni Reservation. It was there that he learned the lay of the land, the habits of the native animals, and where he could find native fluorite, azurite, and travertine.

In the mid 1980s, Felino studied mechanics at TVI and worked as a civilian at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.

Felino moved back to Zuni permanently in 1987. He started carving Kachinas from cottonwood. He began carving fetishes from stone. He chose to use only stone found on the Zuni Reservation - native fluorite, azurite, travertine, and chert. In 2004 there was a large forest fire in the Zuni Mountains. The land was put off-limits to everyone including Zunis. Felino's source of azurite was unavailable and the last surface traces of this deposit disappeared. In 2008, Felino found another deposit of azurite. Thus it became possible to carve again in this stone.

Challis and I first met Felino near the Inn at Halona in Zuni. He was returning from guiding a bow-hunting trip in the Zuni Mountains. He is a registered, active professional hunting guide. He does little carving in the late summer and fall during hunting season.

Today, Felino is famous for fetishes carved from native stones and Kachinas carved from cottonwood. He sometimes overlays his fetishes with a thin mosaic of azurite and malachite. This mosaic is meant to represent the thin layers of malachite/azurite that were once found in the Zuni rock matrix on the Reservation. Today, these deposits have played out, so Felino has to use mosaic overlay in its place.

Felino is an exceptionally good teacher. He taught fetish carving to his wife, Shellie Jamon, his older brother Melvin, his daughter, Jessica, his cousin Orin Eriacho, and his friend Richard Epaloose. We have posted here several of Felino's carvings, some of his Kachinas, and the work of his students. We hope that you will love Felino's work as much as Challis did and Karen, Stephanie, and I do.


Zuni Fetishes by Felino Eriacho and His Students

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#25535 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $45

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#27182 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $60

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#27622 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $60

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#29200 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $60

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#20427 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $66

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#25536 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $66

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#26030 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $70

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#25541 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $75

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#8633 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $90

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#8641 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $90

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#20550 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $90

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#25722 Zuni Fetish Bear, Large by Felino Eriacho $110

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#8649 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Felino Eriacho $120

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#20503 Zuni Fetish Bears, Double by Felino Eriacho $120

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#20554 Zuni Fetish Bears, Double by Felino Eriacho $120

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#32374 Zuni Fetish Beaver by Felino Eriacho $120

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#36446 Zuni Fetish Maiden by Felino Eriacho $120

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#27605 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $130

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#32397 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $200

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#46511 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $200

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#28965 Zuni Fetish Badger by Felino Eriacho $216

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#19829 Zuni Fetish Bear, Double by Felino Eriacho $225

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#26919 Zuni Fetish Turtle by Felino Eriacho $240

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#47324 Zuni Fetish Maidens by Felino Eriacho $240

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#8086 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $250

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#15633 Zuni Fetish Bear, Large by Felino Eriacho $250

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#28470 Zuni Fetish Turtle by Felino Eriacho $250

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#45794 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $250

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#46510 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $250

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#48951 Zuni Fetish Turtle by Felino Eriacho $250

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#46922 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $270

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#27799 Zuni Fetish Bear, Large by Felino Eriacho $300

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#40661 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $300

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#45174 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $300

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#32537 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $330

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#36821 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $350

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#29946 Zuni Fetish Bear, Large by Felino Eriacho $360

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#47577 Zuni Fetish Badger by Felino Eriacho $360

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#37092 Zuni Fetish Maidens by Felino Eriacho $390

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#15630 Zuni Fetish Bear, Large by Felino Eriacho $400

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#20521 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $400

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#26321 Zuni Fetish Bear, Large by Felino Eriacho $400

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#46482 Zuni Fetish Bear by Felino Eriacho $450

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#49033 Zuni Fetish Shalako by Felino Eriacho $600

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#45168 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Felino Eriacho $650

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#45979 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Felino Eriacho $750

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#46481 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Felino Eriacho $750

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#27438 Zuni Fetish Maiden by Felino Eriacho $1000

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#20514 Zuni Fetish Bear by Jessica Eriacho Bobelu $200

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#45070 Zuni Fetish Frog by Melvin Eriacho $160

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#39832 Zuni Fetish Maiden by Melvin Eriacho $300

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#43236 Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Eriacho $450

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#45645 Zuni Fetish Stingray by Melvin Eriacho $540

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#39805 Zuni Fetish Olla Water Maiden by Melvin Eriacho $720

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#39849 Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Eriacho $800

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#41352 Zuni Fetish Frog by Melvin Eriacho $800

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#39693 Zuni Fetish Buffalo by Melvin Eriacho $1700

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#44311 Zuni Fetish Frog by Orin Eriacho $60

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#42326 Zuni Fetish Mole by Orin Eriacho $75

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#43849 Zuni Fetish Frog by Orin Eriacho $75

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#37443 Zuni Fetish Rattlesnake by Orin Eriacho $80

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#46701 Zuni Fetish Fish, Bass by Orin Eriacho $80

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#39434 Zuni Fetish Frog by Orin Eriacho $90

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#44544 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $96

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#44256 Zuni Fetish Fish, Trout by Orin Eriacho $100

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#48929 Zuni Fetish Fish, Trout by Orin Eriacho $100

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#48934 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $100

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#33340 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $120

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#34002 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $120

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#37089 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $120

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#38565 Zuni Fetish Beaver by Orin Eriacho $120

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#46705 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $120

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#46707 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $120

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#40659 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $135

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#34825 Zuni Fetish Frog by Orin Eriacho $140

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#46224 Zuni Fetish Fish, Trout by Orin Eriacho $160

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#38884 Zuni Fetish Fish, Trout by Orin Eriacho $170

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#40656 Zuni Fetish Fish by Orin Eriacho $170

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#44146 Zuni Fetish Frog by Orin Eriacho $180

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#33695 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $200

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#27520 Zuni Fetish Bears by Orin Eriacho $240

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#46713 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $240

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#49187 Zuni Fetish Turtle by Orin Eriacho $280

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#40651 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $300

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#40652 Zuni Fetish Beaver by Orin Eriacho $300

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#48927 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $300

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#29583 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion, Triple, Mother with Kittens by Orin Eriacho $320

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#41939 Zuni Fetish Crystal Bear by Orin Eriacho $350

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#49030 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $360

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#36047 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $400

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#26615 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Orin Eriacho $450

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#38696 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Orin Eriacho $500

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#38697 Zuni Fetish Bear Figural by Orin Eriacho $500

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#44043 Zuni Fetish Turtle by Orin Eriacho $500

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#44966 Zuni Fetish Bears by Orin Eriacho $550

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#44826 Zuni Fetish Badger by Orin Eriacho $600

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#41538 Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion & Cub by Orin Eriacho $700

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#46076 Zuni Fetish Bird, Eagle by Orin Eriacho $800

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#48940 Zuni Fetish Bear by Orin Eriacho $900


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