More about Teddy Weahkee (1890-1965)

In 1942, John Adair, author of the classic study The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths, described Teddy Weahkee as one of Zuni’s “most expert turquoise-workers.” A veteran of World War I, Weahkee attended school in Phoenix; and, upon returning to Zuni, he participated in the archaeological dig at Hawikuh (1917-1923) where he gained firsthand knowledge of pre-contact Zuni art forms. Adair notes that, when Weahkee began working as a lapidarist and carver in the 1920s, traders typically provided artisans with turquoise and then employed another craftworker to mount the stone on silver. The mythological Knife Wing figure was a popular design motif of this era. Such figures were produced by Weahkee and other Zuni stoneworkers and then set on the tops of Navajo-made silver boxes. While Weahkee produced flat relief figures like the Knife Wing, he also carved full round animal forms. Some of these were similarly mounted on box tops, but others were sold as freestanding fetishes. Weahkee became well-known for a style of fetish carving that closely resembles historic Zuni forms. He also carved highly distinctive human figures. Weahkee’s daughters Edna Leki and Mary Tsikewa carried on the carving tradition, as did Edna’s daughters Dinah Gasper and Lena Boone. Weahkee also worked as a farmer and a guide; and, in the 1950s, he served as Zuni’s governor. He created a series of painted hides, in addition to his fetish carving, which are highly collectible.

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Teddy Weahkee (1890-1965)
(sold) Teddy Weahkee – Zuni Painted Deer Hide

(sold) Teddy Weahkee – Zuni ...