Lorandina Scheche

Lorandina Scheche is the granddaughter of Theodore Kucate, who was one of the earliest commercial fetish carvers at Zuni. Kucate based his fetishes on those published in anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing's 1883 United States Bureau of Ethnology Report, Zuni Fetiches. His descendants have continued to carve in this traditional style.

Lorandina's parents are Aaron Scheche and Weahkee's daughter, Thelma. Many of the Scheche's children and grandchildren have distinguished themselves as carvers. Lorandina and her nieces Marnella Kucate and Trilisha Kucate are among the best known. Lorandina's son Aaron Chapella is also a fetish carver.

Bow Society Mountain Lion Fetish
Lorandina Scheche (Zuni)
Ricolite serpentine
1-1/2" x 2-7/8"
KMA 2006.22.01


McManis, Kent. A Guide to Zuni Fetishes and Carvings. Tucson, Ariz.: Treasure Chest Books, 1995, p. 16, 19, 20, 33, 41.
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McManis, Kent. Zuni Fetishes & Carvings, one-volume, expanded edition. Tucson: Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2004, p. 19, 22, 23, 73, 87, 88.
Rodee, Marion and James Ostler. The Fetish Carvers of Zuni. Albequerque, NM: The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, 1990, p. 41, 52