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Melvin Sandoval, San Felipe/Zuni Carver

Melvin is a cheerful and enthusiasic fetish carver. His elegant carvings - typically badgers, horned toads, moles and birds - have minimal detail, not even eyes. Stylized geometric lines distill the essence of the animal in an unadorned aesthetic. Melvin prefers mat stones such as sandstone, pipestone, alabaster and dolomite, and often achieves added detail through perceptive use of color variations in the stone. Oftentimes his sleek, low-lying creatures are crouched in an almost defensive pose which gives them a quiet drama.

Melvin was born of a Zuni father and a San Felipe mother. He was raised in Zuni and, in earlier years, he was a DJ in Zuni. Today he lives in San Felipe. In 2013, the Sandovals built a Zuni Shalako House. His wife, Erma Vacit, from a prominent Zuni family, now lives in the Zuni Shalako House and is a high-level accountant for the Zuni tribe.


Melvin Sandoval's San Felipe/Zuni Fetishes

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#20918 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $48

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#23346 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish by Melvin Sandoval $48

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#31498 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Insect by Melvin Sandoval $54

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#40381 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Insect, Dragonfly by Melvin Sandoval $54

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#42568 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $54

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#43706 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Sea Turtle by Melvin Sandoval $54

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#39400 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beaver by Melvin Sandoval $55

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#42192 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Badger by Melvin Sandoval $55

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#7295 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#22746 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Figural by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#29456 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#33788 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#36220 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Prairie Dog by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#36225 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Gopher by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#36227 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Prairie Dog by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#36555 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#37197 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Insect, Dragonfly by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#38966 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#38969 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#41201 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $60

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#38002 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $64

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#41175 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $64

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#40888 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Penguin by Melvin Sandoval $65

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#40905 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $65

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#43946 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Sea Turtle by Melvin Sandoval $66

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#43266 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $68

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#38190 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Rabbit by Melvin Sandoval $70

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#41205 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $70

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#26558 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Fox by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#27626 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear, Large by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#28774 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#29789 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Lizard by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#30642 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#30899 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#31392 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Maiden by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#31740 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Raven by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#33201 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Lynx by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#33799 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mole by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#36226 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mole by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#38509 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Eagle by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#38543 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beaver by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#39102 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#39367 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#39372 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Shrew by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#40442 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Fox, Double by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#40891 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#41223 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#41225 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#41228 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#41235 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beaver by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#41703 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bobcat by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#42197 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Badger by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#43616 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Eagle by Melvin Sandoval $72

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#41147 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Rabbit by Melvin Sandoval $75

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#41390 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $75

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#44295 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Fish, Piranha by Melvin Sandoval $75

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#41220 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Lynx by Melvin Sandoval $76

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#42398 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Barn Owl by Melvin Sandoval $76

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#42448 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Rabbit by Melvin Sandoval $76

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#44697 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Badger by Melvin Sandoval $76

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#39795 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Turtle by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#39878 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mole by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#41021 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Rabbit by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#41177 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Owl by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#41184 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Turtle by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#41200 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#41213 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beaver by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#41387 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mole by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#42417 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Horned Owl by Melvin Sandoval $80

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#33003 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beaver by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#36741 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Deer Mouse by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#41161 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Owl by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#41203 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#42870 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beaver by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#42871 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Sea Turtle by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#42873 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Badger by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#44248 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Sea Turtle by Melvin Sandoval $84

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#41182 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $85

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#42874 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beaver by Melvin Sandoval $86

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#41130 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Rabbit by Melvin Sandoval $88

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#41206 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Coyote by Melvin Sandoval $88

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#41215 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Buffalo by Melvin Sandoval $88

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#42872 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Rabbit by Melvin Sandoval $88

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#44319 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mouse by Melvin Sandoval $88

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#36185 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $90

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#37085 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $90

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#39632 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $90

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#41219 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Howling Coyote by Melvin Sandoval $90

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#42565 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $90

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#37341 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $92

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#37794 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $95

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#44294 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Fish, Dolphin by Melvin Sandoval $95

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#44591 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $95

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#26243 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#27455 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#27464 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#29128 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Lizard by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#29700 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Lynx by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#30413 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#31061 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear, Double by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#32040 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Double by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#34867 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Double Bear by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#37529 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear, Double by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#38511 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#38513 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#40462 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Raven Double by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#41168 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#41171 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $96

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#34243 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Dolphin by Melvin Sandoval $100

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#34244 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $100

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#41166 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Fish, Sting Ray by Melvin Sandoval $100

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#41218 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Badger by Melvin Sandoval $100

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#44696 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Eagle by Melvin Sandoval $104

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#26241 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $108

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#34904 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf, Double by Melvin Sandoval $108

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#41190 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Buffalo by Melvin Sandoval $110

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#41233 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Whale, Orca by Melvin Sandoval $110

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#40237 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#40239 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#40240 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#41202 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#41204 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Double, Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#41224 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#41226 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#44694 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $120

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#42566 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $128

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#41222 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird, Quail by Melvin Sandoval $130

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#42396 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Buffalo by Melvin Sandoval $130

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#44276 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Blue Whale by Melvin Sandoval $130

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#44278 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Beluga Whale by Melvin Sandoval $130

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#43276 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Whale, Orca by Melvin Sandoval $136

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#39790 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf, Double by Melvin Sandoval $140

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#31316 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf, Double by Melvin Sandoval $150

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#39364 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Raven Double by Melvin Sandoval $150

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#40029 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $150

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#41195 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bird Double by Melvin Sandoval $150

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#43922 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $150

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#44590 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Bear by Melvin Sandoval $150

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#27463 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Horned Toad by Melvin Sandoval $156

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#40534 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Birds, Ravens by Melvin Sandoval $160

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#32618 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $170

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#34128 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Wolf by Melvin Sandoval $170

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#33612 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Turtle by Melvin Sandoval $180

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#32617 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $190

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#32963 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion by Melvin Sandoval $190

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#22963 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Maiden by Melvin Sandoval $192

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#37793 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion Double by Melvin Sandoval $192

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#32958 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Six-Directional Set by Melvin Sandoval $400

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#32351 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Six-Directional Set by Melvin Sandoval $480

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#28387 San Felipe/Zuni Fetish Buffalo by Melvin Sandoval $720


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