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Esteban and Rochelle Najera + Ruben Najera

Esteban Najera is one of the treasures of the Zuni fetish carving world. He was one the five cousins who were the first Zunis to learn how to carve antler safely under a fume hood circa 1985. Esteban's specialty was very fine detail. He loves to carve skeletons - and has even carved a skeleton rock band with instruments. Challis bought and sold many of Esteban's pieces during the early years of Sunshine Studio.

Rochelle Quam married Esteban in the late 1990s. She is the granddaughter of the famous Zuni silversmith Alice Quam. For the first few years of her marriage, she was busy with their four children. Recently, she has been learning to carve under Esteban's guidance. She has carved several good jet horses and ravens. Sadly; the couple has not split up.

Ruben Najera is Esteban's older brother who also carves in antler. He carves small stand alone animals like lions, squirrels, foxes, hummingbirds, pigs, rabbits, bears, frogs, turtles and cats. He is also well known for carving individual animals like eagles, hawks, owls, bats and dragonflies; then inlaying them with a pin on a tree, a nest, or a leaf.    

We have collected a few of Esteban's, Ruben's & Rochelle's carvings and proudly offer them to you here.