New posting @!


Just a quick heads up.  I'll be posting a new selection of Zuni fetish carvings to on Wednesday, September 17th at 7 PM central time.  Hope you'll tune in to see the latest!

Many thanks for your continued support!

All best wishes,
Dave during one of our rare Texas snow storms of 2010

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Heads up! New inventory on 7.23 at noon Texas time ...

Well, FINALLY, we're geared up and ready to dazzle you with new Zuni fetish carvings on Wednesday, 7.23, at noon, central time.

There are some fabulous new stones in this selection, and great pieces from some of your favorite carvers!  We hope you'll tune in and see what's shakin'.  

All my best,

Zuni Spirits

Update postponed - SORRY!

We're experiencing technical difficulties ... and are postponing the planned site update until it can be resolved.  Thanks for your patience.  (I am losing mine!!!!)  :)

Happy Monday!

Zuni Spirits

Heads UP!

Just a quick "HOWDY" to let you know I'll be posting new inventory to on Monday, 7.7 at 7 PM, central.   Thanks!

God Bless America!,

Zuni Spirits

New Zuni Fetishes .... 6.20.14 ... Noon, CT

Hello!  I hope this finds you all well and enjoying life.

I'll  be posting new Zuni fetishes to at noon on Friday, June 20th.  In this selection are carvings by the following carvers:  Sandra Quandelacy, Brion Hattie, Lynn Quam, Ron Laahty, Lena Boone, Hayes Leekya and more.  Stones include:  chrysocolla, pipestone, Orthoceras fossil marble, turquoise, apple coral, leopard skin jasper and dream stone.    There are maidens, bears, rabbits, buffalo, horses and a raven, among others.

I hope you'll tune in, and we thank you for your continued support of!

All best wishes,

Zuni Spirits

The Truth about "Vietnamese Jasper" .. and a site update!

Greetings Fellow Zuni fetish collectors!

One of the things that drew me to Zuni fetishes was my childhood attraction to rocks and fossils.  Some childhood interests never go away and my association with the artists of Zuni Pueblo has only deepened my appreciation for the natural wonders of this world.

As a Zuni fetish trader, we've been duped more than once by the so called claims of stone origins, after all, unless you dig the stone yourself from the ground, you're vulnerable to whatever story the seller spins to make the stone (and the subsequent carving) more "rare".    Darlene and I tried, early on, to verify the veracity of those stories that seemed suspect .. like the origins of Rainbow Calsilica (is it real or man made?), Black Honduran Opal (the story we got was it was made from heat treated sheep manure!)   The truth, in many cases was elusive but we tried!

For years we perpetuated the myth about "Vietnamese Jasper".  And only last week, I was able to finally learn the truth behind this earthy, caramel colored stone seemingly filled with small shell fish fossils.  Here's what I learned:
There seems to be an awful lot of names for this stone. Mariam stone, Mariam jasper, Mariyam jasper, Elephant skin jasper, India script stone, Arabic script stone, and Coquina jasper are but a few. Coquina jasper is a better desription of the stone and is a more accurate term! Coquina is the Spanish word for cockleshells or shellfish. This jasper is full of coquina fossilized clams. and the patterns in the rock are of fossilized coquinashells. In the magazine Lapidary Journal (Jan/Feb 2012) it is called Coquina jasper. According to the article, it is not a jasper, it is limestone with neat fossils embedded in it. Quote: With a hardness of 3, limestone is much softer than jasper… coquina is more like a marble than a jasper in that it is a sedimentary rock that has been transformed under pressure to something harder and more durable, but not as hard or durable as quartz. Unquote. Many rock cutters have stated that the stone fractures along the shell lines when slicing it for jewelry applications. Most So there you have it. The one thing that is certain and for sure is it is NOT Vietnamese jasper, and I personally must apologize for sustaining and perpetuating this falsehood
Lynn Quma
Cochina Jasper
The stone formerly known as "Vietnamese Jasper"
Even after that explanation, the origin of the stone is still elusive.  Most of the vendors of the stone are in India.  Some say .. India is where the stone comes from.  Others say it's African in origin.  But no reliable source indicates it is from Viet Nam.

I'm updating  tonight at 7 PM.  Fifteen new and wonderful Zuni fetish carvings (some really special ones!) will be added to the site this evening.  I hope you'll stop by and check them out.

Best wishes!

Zuni Spirits SITE Update! 5.13.14 @ 7 PM Central ...


I hope this little note from East Texas finds everyone well and happy.  I'd like to wish all the moms out there a glorious Mother's Day!

I'll be adding new inventory to the website on Tuesday evening, May 13th, at 7 PM Texas time.  I hope you'll tune in to see what is new from Zuni-land.  Also, last week, I reduced the price on about 25 previously listed carvings.  You might just find that one you had your eye on is now even MORE attractive.  (The sale section is just below the new inventory.)

Darlene gave me permission to share a few of her recent paintings with you.  She is really enjoying herself these days and feels "normal".  We're grateful that she's been cancer free for almost three years.

Thanks for looking and we hope to hear from you soon.  You may send your orders & inquiries to the email below., going strong since 1999!

Best wishes!

Zuni Spirits


Greetings from the Piney woods!

I hope you'll take a spin around the Zunispirits website as I have put twenty five Zuni fetishes on sale this morning!  Lynn Quam, Patrick Wallace, Alonzo Esalio - - even a Edna Leki carving has been reduced.  Just click the link above and scroll past the "new stuff" to the items that are now on sale.

I hope you find something you just can't DO without!

I think our recent email issues have been resolved but remember you can reach me at:

  • david at zunispirits dot com
  • darlene at zunispirits dot com
  • zunispirits at yahoo dot com 

(Discreetly disguised to fool the spambots! Please use proper email syntax!)

All best wishes for a Happy Spring (& fast approaching Summer!)

Dave during one of our rare Texas snow storms of 2010

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Darlene's shot of a dragonfly by the pond.

Gypsy.  Our newest rescue pup.

Darlene calls them "Honeymoon Beetles".  :)

Wooly whites - a prolific wildflower in these parts. 

Zunispirits Site Update: Tuesday, April 8th @ 7 PM Central

Lunasee, Quam, Laate, Gasper, Yatsattie, Leekya, Shack, Suitza, Kiyite, Chattin, Lementino, Weekoty & Westika.

Jasper, Antler, Ricolite, #8 Turquoise, Sandstone, Zuni rock, Picasso marble, Jet & Petosky stone.

Horses, Bears, Bunnies, Birds, Eagles, Kachinas, Bulls, Corn maidens & Bobcats.
Tuesday, 4.8.14, 7 PM

I hope everyone is enjoying the newness of spring.  Our place is alive with bluebonnets, dogwoods and birdsong.  I'll be updating the site with new inventory on Tuesday, the eighth at 7 PM, Central.  Hope to see you there.

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Site update, 3.19, 7 PM Central

Greetings all,

Just a brief notice to let you know that I will be updating with a selection of new Zuni fetish carvings Wednesday evening, March 19th, at 7 PM central time.

Included in this selection are carvings from Maxx Laate, Willard Laate, Hubert Pincion, Lynn Quam, Todd Westika, Brian Yatsattie, Verla Lasiloo Jim, Ron Laahty, Rick Quam, II, James Cheama and Georgia Quandelacy.  Antler, turquoise, sandstone, jasper, abalone and fossil ivory are some of the stones used.  We hope you'll tune in Wednesday to take a look at this newest update to the site.

Darlene and I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere condolences to the Seowtewa family of Zuni.  Dr. Alex Seowtewa was one of the first people we met in Zuni and one of the reasons we became so enchanted with Zuni, its history, culture and artisans.  He was a very good friend to us and we know that he will be sorely missed by his family and his community.  We are grateful for the times we shared with him at The Old Zuni Mission.

Bests always,

Dave during one of our rare Texas snow storms of 2010

Zuni Spirits

NEW Posting - Friday, noon - March 7, 2014

Just a quick note to let you know I'll be posting new Zuni fetishes to on Friday, March 7th at noon.  Here's a snapshot of what's to come: 
Friday - 3/7 @ noon
Darlene has started selling her paintings, check out her website and her ebay auctions.

Thanks for your interest and we'll see you on Friday.


Dave during one of our rare Texas snow storms of 2010

Zuni Spirits

New Zuni Fetishes on
Greetings Fellow Zuni Fetish Collectors!

I'll be adding the fetishes in the photo above to the website on Thursday, February 20th, at 7 PM, Central time.  This collection includes carvings by Lynn Quam, Virginia Toombs, Patrick Wallace, Fernando Laiwaikete, Brian Yatsattie, Bernard Homer, Jr., Hayes Leekya, Burt Awelagte, Ernie Mackel, Josh Leki, Eldred Quam, Marilyn Quam & Hubert Pincion.  Stones are turquoise, apple coral, fluorite, serpentine, gold-lipped Mother-of pearl, amber, black, zebra and Picasso marbles, Zuni sandstone, ricolite and Montana talc. 

This will conclude new postings for February and I'll be back with more beautiful, authentic Zuni fetish carvings in March.

See ya then!

Here are a few photos Darlene has taken recently of our life, here in the woods of East Texas:  
Walnut tree bud
Deer track & Darlene's toe

Maple tree bloom

Pileated woodpecker lunch counter
Cedar in the last ice storm

Winter grass
Pine in the last ice storm

Winter skies and naked oak ..
(we're ready for Spring.)
Thanks for looking and we'll see you Thursday evening!

Best always, 

Dave during one of our rare Texas snow storms of 2010

Zuni Spirits

Updating the site, February 6th, 7 PM Central time

Best wishes from wintry Texas!  

We hope you are safe and warm and not iced in upon receipt of this, the latest update from!  What a crazy winter it's been, but Darlene tells me the bluebonnet patch is greening up so if we can survive the last efforts of Old Man Winter, we know spring is just around the corner. 

I'm updating the site with the following fetishes on Thursday, February 6th at 7PM.  We hope you'll tune in.  There are a couple of "newcomers" to this collection of carvings but they are from well known and much loved families in Zuni.

We continue to enjoy the new collectors that are finding us and this past month we added several from Europe.  It's always amazing to find a kindred spirit in another part of the world. 

Thanks for your interest and we hope to hear from you soon.  As always, Darlene joins me in sending you our best.

Dave during one of our rare Texas snow storms of 2010

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New YEAR, new ZUNI fetishes .. and a little bit of snow ..

Greetings from SNOWY Texas!
Gypsy, our new rescue pup,
and Hank, our "formerly feral" cat

This morning, Darlene and I woke up to a nice dusting of snow which is unusual for our area.  I say that -- and yet, in the seven years we've lived here full time, it has snowed about six times!  So much for global warming! We hope you have all survived the "Polar Vortex" and are well, warm and happy.  Here are a few photos that Darlene took this morning.

Hank C. Eastwood
(The Marlboro man of the feline world.)
Dark eyed Junco
I've just posted a few new fetishes to the website.  Here's a screen shot of the new guys.  There are some remarkable carvings here and really nice stones as well.  I hope you enjoy this, the first new posting of the year.

If you have any questions, please email me!  I plan to update the site again the first week or so of February. We've gained quite a few new collectors in recent months.  We're grateful for each of you and will continue to strive to make your Zuni Spirits experience just the best it can be.

All best wishes,
Dave during one of our rare Texas snow storms of 2010

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