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Francis Leekya Zuni, Red Pipestone Bear Fetish of the South

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Francis Leekya, grew up surrounded by the great Zuni artists of the 1940's, 50's and 60?s.

Francis carved in the old style created many years ago by his father Leekya Deyuse.  Francis did not copy his fathers fetishes, but rather used that as a starting point to create his own.

Francis began his career working alongside his father for CG Wallace and later Bernie Vanderwagon.

Francis and I began our collaboration in 1998.

The right side of Francis' body was already paralyzed from a stroke and he had difficulty speaking.  Francis carved by holding the stone in his left hand (the only hand he could control) and gently touched it to the grinding wheel till the fetish he saw emerged.

In the beginning of our collaboration, Francis carved small fetishes as he had most of his life.

In 1999, I asked Francis to try carving larger fetishes and supplied him stone other than Zuni Rock.

He loved it. The larger colorful stones gave Francis the opportunity to explore his art.

From that point on, everything changed. His fetishes sprung to life. No two were alike. Each carving had its own unique form, patterns and colors. It was surreal. Here was this very fragile, gentle, mostly paralyzed man seemingly able to will stone to take form.

Francis did not make many fetishes. If you own one, treasure it.

Francis told me that disability also forced his father Leekya to carve with one hand. It was as if  Old Man Leekya was guiding Francis.

A few carvers can bend stone and make it look life like.

Francis takes stone and makes it feel alive.

Pipestone Bear measures 4 1/2" long and about 1 1/2" wide.
If you can pick it up with one hand it will fill your hand. 

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Francis Leekya Zuni, Red Pipestone Bear Fetish of the South

Rare Only One

Francis Leekya, grew up surrounded by the great Zuni artists of the 1940's, 50's and 60?s.

Francis carved in the old style created many years ago by his father Leekya Deyuse.  Francis did not copy his fathers fetishes, but rather used that as a starting point to create his own.

Francis began his career working alongside his father for CG Wallace and later Bernie Vanderwagon.

Francis and I began our collaboration in 1998.

The right side of Francis' body was already paralyzed from a stroke and he had difficulty speaking.  Francis carved by holding the stone in his left hand (the only hand he could control) and gently touched it to the grinding wheel till the fetish he saw emerged.

In the beginning of our collaboration, Francis carved small fetishes as he had most of his life.

In 1999, I asked Francis to try carving larger fetishes and supplied him stone other than Zuni Rock.

He loved it. The larger colorful stones gave Francis the opportunity to explore his art.

From that point on, everything changed. His fetishes sprung to life. No two were alike. Each carving had its own unique form, patterns and colors. It was surreal. Here was this very fragile, gentle, mostly paralyzed man seemingly able to will stone to take form.

Francis did not make many fetishes. If you own one, treasure it.

Francis told me that disability also forced his father Leekya to carve with one hand. It was as if  Old Man Leekya was guiding Francis.

A few carvers can bend stone and make it look life like.

Francis takes stone and makes it feel alive.

Pipestone Bear measures 4 1/2" long and about 1 1/2" wide.
If you can pick it up with one hand it will fill your hand. 

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