Housecat Carving by Ruben Najera
Abut the Artist: Ruben Najera (b.1976) is a member of the Laate family of Zuni fetish carvers. He carves deer antler and fossil ivory into single animals or three dimensional "scenes" featuring dragonflies, owls, eagles, other birds, bats, deer, moose and elk. He uses sharp Dremel bits to create intricate details. Najera started carving at fifteen, taught by his older brother Esteban.