Boone (1946 - )
Boone is the daughter of Edna Leki, who is believed to have been the
first female fetish carver at Zuni, and the granddaughter of Teddy
Weahkee. Weahkee became well known for a style of fetish carving that
closely resembles historic Zuni forms. His descendants have carried
on this tradition.
Lena and her sister, Dinah Gasper, have established reputations as
superior carvers, producing both freestanding fetishes and finely
crafted fetish necklaces. Lena's daughter Evalina and son Leland are
Glass, shell, coral, turquoise, sinew
Shell, coral, turquoise, sinew
3/4" x 3-7/8"
Clay, turquoise, oyster shell
5 x 8-3/4
Lena Boone, Rosalie Lunasee, Pete and Dinah
Alabaster, Marble, Mother-of-pearl, coral, turquoise, Chrysoparse,
serpentine, flourite, variscite, sugilite, pipestone, Zuni stone,
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