Hello, my name is Loren Tsalabutie I have been carving for about 7 years. I was taught how to carve when I was 13 years old once my late father (Jeffery Tsalabutie) passed in 2009 I took carving more seriously. I wanted to carry on what he taught me with it being 3 years since I was shown the ropes and my dad gone. I felt lost I didn’t know where to start I only had a small amount of memory of what he told me and that is what fueled me. I basically had to start from scratch teaching myself and studying his carvings a method he used when he was teaching me. I had a lot of failed attempts as I started the main animal that was the most difficult for me was the mountain lion I never got the face right I felt. I did have a mentor to help which is my grandfather Gibbs Othole he gave me advice and shared his vision on how to carve by using the stones natural pattern, shape and color. My dad was in for the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and was to share a booth with Gibbs before his passing. Since it was set for my dad I took his place at the show. At first I couldn’t believe it, I took it as a sign my dad passed down his gift to me over the years I have won awards from the Heard Museum Indian Market and the Santa fe Indian Market. My dads work got another artist attention he was a Inuit carver who made dancing bears, seals, etc. He traded with my dad and that is where my dad was inspired to make dancing critters. I also carry on that inspiration my dad had for that type of theme. I sometimes go hiking and search for stones I think are suitable to carve. I do have some rare additions I make once a year or so and they are my Multi Pieces they usually take me about 1-3 months to carve the next limited additions are my large Sonoran Sun Rise Mountain Lions they range from 6-8 inches in length and about 3-5 inches in height. Sonoran Sun Rise other known as Cuprite which can have Chrysocolla is now rare unfortunately they are no longer getting any more out of the mine. My dad also taught my mom Sherdine Tsattie how to carve now Im teaching her so you will see plenty of her carvings in the coming years. Funny thing I wanted to share is over the years I know my last name is hard to say but I had a lot of people say Tsa-La-Bah-Tee and Tes-La-Beauty one year at the Santa Fe Indian Market they spelled my first name wrong in the artist list booth location they spelled it as Warren and created a great big confusion for people to find me. If you have any questions I’m happy to answer them or any requests I’m open to it just send me a message. I hope you find my carvings to be of your interest and find them to be fun healing and full of happiness and hope they find their way into your lives for those who have collected mine and my fathers work thank you! I wish the best for you all and thanks for taking the time to read this. Here is what I have to offer my bear carved out of natural untreated sleeping beauty turquoise. His eyes are inlaid black marble and his necklace is out of coral and lapis beads. He measures at H 1 5/8 x W 1 1/4 x 1 1/16 and is signed L. Enjoy and thanks for looking! The item “Zuni Fetish Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bear By Loren Tsalabutie” is in sale since Friday, May 11, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Fetishes & Totems”. The seller is “lorentsalabutiezunifetishcarvings” and is located in Zuni, New Mexico. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica.
- Artisan: Loren Tsalabutie
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Origin: Zuni pueblo
- Tribal Affiliation: Zuni Pueblo