Burt Awelagte Fetishes - Zuni Pueblo
Burt's fetishes have a highly unique abstract style that is immediately recognizable. The dramatically angular incised lines suggest exaggerated body contours. He delights in emphasizing the face, breaking it down into elemental, geometrical shapes. He likes to use the more striking stones such as ammonite, crawstone, dolomite, fossil jasper, turquoise, coral and fluorite. The sculptural, fluid quality of his carvings is offset by dynamic, striking bundles and he blesses each fetish he carves. Burt learned to carve from his first cousin, Joseph Quam, as well as from his other relatives. When he is not carving, he works as a maintenance person for the Zuni school district, repairing buildings and carrying out non-routine maintenance. He lives in Zuni with his wife and their four children.
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