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Books on Native American Art

We consider these volumes to be the best for learning about Zuni fetishes and the cultures that surround them. All books can be ordered directly from Sunshine Studio; they will be shipped via media mail for $5.00.

Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis

Zuni Fetishes and Carvings book

Available - As of January of 2020 - No serious Zuni fetish collector should be without Kent’s magnificent book, which charts the work of over 700 carvers and shows over 900 Zuni fetishes in full color. Zuni Fetishes and Carvings is the best available reference on the lineage of the Zuni fetish carving families. This edition revises and combines Kent’s previous works (152 pages). ($20 for copy plus $5 shipping) 

Spirit in the Stone: A Handbook of Southwest Indian Animal Carvings by Mark Bahti

Spirit in the Stone book

Spirit in the Stone begins with Part I, "The Role of the Fetish." In this section, the author introduces the importance of the fetish in the Zuni culture, then depicts how the carved animal is integrated into the Southwest Native American culture. In Part II, "The Animals," he provides detailed information on the most common fetish animals, as well as their importance to the Zuni and other Native American tribes. In Part III, "Other Figurines and Objects," Bahti discusses corn maidens, other human figures and miscellaneous objects (such as arrowheads) and how they relate to Southwest Native American cultures. In Part IV, "The Materials," Mark concludes with a highly scientific discussion of the materials used in ancient and contemporary fetishes and animal sculptures. 155 pages. ($16 plus $5 shipping)

Turquoise Unearthed by Joe Dan Lowry and Joe P. Lowry

Turquoise Unearthed book

Turquoise Unearthed showcases exquisite examples of rough and polished natural turquoise from more than twenty famous "classic" mines including Lander Blue, Number 8, Bisbee, and Lone Mountain. Appealing to rock hounds and serious collectors alike, Turquoise Unearthed is a definitive, contemporary visual guide, 6" x 9", 74 pages, softbound. ($13 plus $5 shipping)

Arizona Highways, January 1974, Turquoise Issue

Arizona Highways magazine turquoise issue

We have a small supply of unused copies of the Arizona Highways January 1974 issue on turquoise and turquoise jewelry. If you do not have a copy, we recommend that you get one. ($19 plus $5 shipping)