Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lena Boone, Zuni fetish carver, talks about her family and carving.

Lena Boone has long been one of our favorite Zuni carvers. We meet her early in our pursuit of wonderful Zuni fetishes, possibly 20 years ago.

Lena is
very productive, very gracious, and very giving of her love, care and attention to others.

She also is very unassuming.

An unfortunate aspect of
In this video, during which she talks about her family, both ancestral and current, is my difficulty in arranging a proper video interview venue. Once she agreed, I had to settle for the venue at hand. It was a noisy booth at this year's Indian Market (2010).

The background sound is terrible, and I have not figured out how to filter it out, if that is even possible. If I do, I will re-post the video at a later time.

But for now, please listen carefully and learn about Lena's connection to the legendary Teddy Weahkie, one of the original Zuni fetish carvers, and how she fosters the talent of youngsters who have been in her care.

She is a truly remarkable woman.

You may see many pieces by Lena Boone on her pages at ZuniLink.com - click on one of her pages in the left hand navigation column. Then click on additional pages (there are five) as you go.

You may also use the search box on the Zuni Link home page and enter "Boone" too access carvings by her and Leland Boone, Emery Boone and Evalena Boone.

A fetish carving by Lena Boone not only brings traditional Zuni values of healing and protection but also carries the personal spirit and caring of Lena herself.

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

that's my grandma hehe :)

Leeona Boone said...

that's my grandma hehe :)

Anonymous said...

Just a wee note to say how much I enjoyed hearing how Lena got started carving fetishes.
I'd like to ask Lena whether she has a favourite animal herself? From a traditional view point did people collect only one animal or would it be considered OK to have more than one animal?
Bye for now - Linda, Scotland

William & Susanne Waites said...

Lena tells us, through her daughter, that she has no favorite animals. She likes to find and work with new materials.

As for collectors, it is as individual as the individual. Some people collect a certain animal, if not exclusively, predominantly. Others collect different animals but concentrate on a certain material. Others just collect what speaks to them. We honor all preferences and respond to all requests. Thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

It was great to see Lena at the market. I was alarmed to hear her tell me that the markup for dealers is 100%!!
I am glad indian market allows them to get as close to retail as possible

ZuniLink said...

Thank you for your comment Anonymous. We are pleased and privileged to have you as a reader and commenter.
We agree that artists should get their full retail price at Indian Market. That is it's purpose. The better they do at Market, the better it is for dealers (http://www.ZuniLink.com)like us.