Debra Gasper and Ray Tsethlikai

Daughter of Pete and Dinah Gasper and granddaughter of Edna Leki, Debra Gasper collaborates with Ray Tsethlikai. Debra and Ray specialize in free-standing fetishes and fetish necklaces made in her family's tradition of old-style fetish carving. While they have retained traditional forms, they have experimented with a wide range of new materials. They often use silver dot inlay on their fetishes.

Necklace & Earrings
Ray Tsethlikai & Debra Gasper
Turquoise, silver, shell
2007
32.5 in. long, pendant: 2.06 in.; earrings: 2.03 in. x .5 in. x .83in.
KMA 2007.50.01 & KMA 2007.50.01A
 
Directional Fetish Set
Debra Gasper and Ray Tsethlakai (zuni)
Selenite, sinew, turqoise, shell, coral
2006
Various Dimensions
KMA 2006.08.01A-F
Fetish Necklace
Debra Gasper and Ray Tsethlakai (Zuni)
n/a
2004
n/a
KMA 2004.14.01
 
Links:
http://www.heardmuseumshop.com/browse.cfm/4,1760.htm
http://www.zunilink.com/SS94_Debra_Gasper_frog.htm
http://www.penfieldgallery.com/artists/carvers1.shtml#Debra
http://www.sedonawolf.com/Fetish/DebraG/DebraGasper.htm

Sources:
Finkelstein, Harold. Zuni Fetish Carvings. Decatur, Ga.: South West Connection, 1994, p. 1.
McManis, Kent. A Guide to Zuni Fetishes & Carvings. Tucson: Treasure Chest Books, 1995, p. 36.
McManis, Kent. A Guide to Zuni Fetishes & Carvings, Volume II: The Materials & the Carvers. Tucson: Treasure Chest Books, 1998, 17, 25, 31.
McManis, Kent. Zuni Fetishes & Carvings, one-volume, expanded edition. Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2004, p. 51, 60, 69, 78, 79.
McManis, Kent and Laurie. Zuni Fetish Carvers of the 1970s: A Bridge from Past to Present. Santa Fe: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 2006, p. 24-25.