Alice Homer (1923-1988)

Alice Homer learned fetish carving with the use of a hand-operated drill from her father, Leekya Deyuse, in her twenties. She worked in channel inlay with her husband, Bernard Homer, and began fetish carving on her own in the 1960s, eventually specializing in bears and wolves. Her children, Juana Homer, Bernard Homer, Jr., and Patrick Homer (deceased), have carried on the fetish carving and inlay tradition.

Alice Homer (Zuni)
Bear Fetish
Red dolomite
2-3/4" x 5"
KMA 2006.11.01
Alice Homer (Zuni)
Bear Fetish
c. 1970
2-1/8" x 3-3/8"
KMA 2006.10.01


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