Zuni Sandhill crane fetish by Ruben Najera
Zuni fetish carving of a sandhill crane in flight, by Ruben Najera, made of shed antler. It is 2 1/4" tall, 1 3/4" wide, and 1" deep. The artist's signature is on the bottom.
Bird fetishes were thought to carry prayers to the sky asking for rain and blessings. Sandhill cranes migrate to Arizona, and that's why the Zuni artists depict them in a fetish.