Stewart Quandelacy (1949 - )

Stewart is the son of Ellen and Dixie Quandelacy. He started carving in grade school, as did most of his brothers and sisters (Andres, Avery, Barlow, Sandra, Dickie, Wilmer, Faye, and Georgia Quandelacy, and Albenita Yunie).

After Naval service in Vietnam, Stewart began carving regularly, starting with stringing fetishes and then progressing to standing fetishes. In the 1970s, he originated and subsequently became famous for the "medicine bear," a highly stylized bear fetish with a zigzag inlaid heartline.

Bear Fetish
Stewart Quandelacy (Zuni)
Honeycomb Calcite
2006
2-3/4" x 2-3/4"
KMA 2007.30.01
Sources:
McManis, Kent. A Guide to Zuni Fetishes and Carvings. Tucson, Ariz.: Treasure Chest Books, 1995, p. 17, 43, front cover.
McManis, Kent. Zuni Fetish Carvers of the 1970s: A Bridge from Past to Present. Santa Fe: Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 2006, p. 29-31, 85, 86.
McManis, Kent. A Guide to Zuni Fetishes and Carvings, Volume II: The Materials & the Carvers. Tucson: Treasure Chest Books, 1998, p. 27.
McManis, Kent. Zuni Fetishes & Carvings, one-volume, expanded edition. Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2004, front cover, p. 20, 61, 65, 89, 90, 91.
Rodee, Marian and James Ostler. The Fetish Carvers of Zuni. Albuquerque: The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, The University of New Mexico; and Zuni, NM: The Pueblo of Zuni Arts and Crafts, 1990, p. 60-61, 80.