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This catalogue features selections from the Wheelwright Museum’s superb collection of Zuni fetishes amassed by Leonora Curtin, mostly between 1925 and the late 1940s. The pieces were made by the first generation of Zuni carvers to create the fetishes for a demanding commercial tourism market. It includes carvings by Theodore Kucate, Leekya Deyuse, Teddy Weahkee, Leo Poblano, David Tsikewa, and Morris Laahty.
About the Author
Kent McManis is a collector and dealer of Native American art. In 2003 and 2006 he curated exhibitions on Zuni fetishes at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe and wrote the companion catalogues, Zuni Fetish Carvers: The Mid-Century Masters and Zuni Fetish Carvers of the 1970s: A Bridge from Past to Present. He is owner of Grey Dog Trading and in 2018 established the Zuni Fetish Museum, both located in Albuquerque’s Old Town.