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Jeff Shetima

Jeff Shetima comes from a Zuni family with a long tradition in jewelry. He did his first carving at the age of 11. He learned by watching neighbors, but is mostly self-taght. Now 36, he has concentrated on fetishes since he was about 30. He lives with his wife and teen-age daughter in Zuni.

Jeff is famous for his animals - which have fine facial expressions and show the muscularity and motion of the subject. Many are caught in mid-stride, perhaps turning or looking up, and are about to change direction. His detailing of the faces, feet, hair and tails is the finest in Zuni.

Jeff's favorite carving material is Picasso marble. He likes to carve starting with large pieces of rock - whittling down to the center - he feels the strength and color of the stone and makes very good use of its properties in the carving. During the whittling down process, Jeff forms a bond between himself, the subject, and the stone. This spiritual bond is an important part of each carving. Often, he finds a stone of similar (or contrasting) color that is used as a base for the more detailed carving and bonds well with the spirit of the main subject.

He uses colored stone inlay in many of his pieces - and his hallmark is a micro-inlay multi-color line on the back of the carving - with jet, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, and other stones.

We are proud to have collected a few of Jeff's pieces and offer them to you here.


Zuni Fetishes by Jeff Shetima

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#45261 Zuni Fetish Sea Turtle by Jeff Shetima $270

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#41292 Zuni Fetish Frogs by Jeff Shetima $300

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#37591 Zuni Fetish Wolves by Jeff Shetima $540

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#42223 Zuni Fetish Frog by Jeff Shetima $600

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#48956 Zuni Fetish Fox by Jeff Shetima $600

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#37308 Zuni Fetish Bears by Jeff Shetima $660

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#28305 Zuni Fetish Wolves by Jeff Shetima $692

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#26616 Zuni Fetish Squirrels by Jeff Shetima $720

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#37934 Zuni Fetish Iguana by Jeff Shetima $720

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#39497 Zuni Fetish Bird, Hawk by Jeff Shetima $720

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#40046 Zuni Fetish Coyotes by Jeff Shetima $725

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#36716 Zuni Fetish Fox with Pups by Jeff Shetima $800

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#39626 Zuni Fetish Frogs by Jeff Shetima $800

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#44084 Zuni Fetish Bear by Jeff Shetima $800

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#38953 Zuni Fetish Frog by Jeff Shetima $840

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#39624 Zuni Fetish Bobcat by Jeff Shetima $880

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#40276 Zuni Fetish Bird, Eagle by Jeff Shetima $900

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#37630 Zuni Fetish Olla Maiden by Jeff Shetima $915

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#36488 Zuni Fetish Turtle by Jeff Shetima $950

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#42341 Zuni Fetish Bobcat with Coyote by Jeff Shetima $1050

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#42371 Zuni Fetish Antelope by Jeff Shetima $1200

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#48642 Zuni Fetish Bear by Maegan Shetima $230

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#48653 Zuni Fetish Frog by Maegan Shetima $230


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