Robert Leekya

Robert Leekya is the son of famous fetish carver Leekya Deyuse. When his children entered school, Leekya requested that they take his first name as their surname. All of his children (Alice, Sarah, Elizabeth, Robert and Roger) did so. Robert and his brother Roger and sister Elizabeth became silversmiths. His sisters Alice Leekya Homer and Sarah Leekya (Homer) are known as fetish carvers.


Ring
Robert Leekya (Zuni)
Silver, gold Nevada Blue Spiderweb Timberline turquoise
n.d.
1 in. x 1 in.
KMA 89.016.1023
 
Ring
Robert Leekya (Zuni)
14 kt gold, silver Carson Lake turquoise
n.d.
1.25 in. x 1 in.
KMA 89.016.1025
 
Man’s Gold Ring
Robert Leekya (Zuni)
n.d.
size
Gold and Lander’s turquoise
KMA 89.016.1024
 
Links:
www.sedonaindianjewelry.com/ Jewelry/Leekya.htm

Sources:
Bassman, Theda. Treasures of the Zuni. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Publishing, 1996, p. 50, 51.
Bassman, Theda. Zuni Jewelry. West Chester, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.,199,. P. 56.
Bedinger, Margery. Indian Silver: Navajo and Pueblo Jewelers. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1974, p. 201.
McManis, Kent. Zuni Fetish Carvers of the 1970s: A Bridge from Past to Present. Santa Fe: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 2006, p. 21.
McManis, Kent. Zuni Fetish Carvers: The Mid-Century Masters. Santa Fe: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 2003, p. 16.
McManis, Kent. Zuni Fetishes & Carvings, one-volume, expanded edition. Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2004, p. 84, 85.
Ostler, James, Marian Rodee, and Milford Nahohai. Zuni: A Village of Silversmiths. Albuquerque, NM. A:Shiwi Publishing, 1996, p. 36, 71-72.
Schiffer, Nancy N. Jewelry by Southwest Native Americans: Evolving Designs. West Chester, PA: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1990, p. 197.
Wright, Barton. Hallmarks of the Southwest. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2000, p. 102.