210706-06 Zuni Turtle Fetish 3/8" x 1 5/8" by Andrew and Laura Quam
Zuni Turtle Fetish 3/8" x 1 5/8" by Andrew and Laura Quam
Late 20th / Early 21st Century
Private Arizona Estate Collection
ANDREW & LAURA QUAM are Zuni Pueblo fetish carvers whose expertise focuses on carving turtle and frog fetishes. They use attractive stone and shell, including amber, serpentine, mother of pearl, abalone shell, turquoise, coral, picasso marble, and rainbow calcite to create magnificent turtle fetishes. Laura learned fetish carving from Andrew and his family, which includes Andrew's siblings Prudencia, Andres, and Georgette. Andrew's father was Anderson Emerson Quam (d), a well known bird fetish necklace artist. Emerson learned to carve from noted and special Zuni fetish carver, Leekya Deyuse (d). Andrew learned to carve fetishes from his uncle, Miguel Haloo. Laura died in April 2014.