CORN MAIDENS AND A BEAR – Marilyn Armstrong

Among the many things I collect, Native American fetishes are among my favorites. I have a lot of them and many are tiny and intricate. Which makes them difficult to photograph and that is why you haven’t really seen them thus far.

Today I tackled my largest fetishes, my Corn Maidens. I have four, each carved from a different material and by a different carver. And I added the bear because he seemed to want to be a part of the festivities.

Each piece is a work of art. The maidens are my favorites, but I also love my bears, eagles, bobcats, mountain lions and wolves. I would have even more, but I know I suffer from collection addiction. I had to go “cold turkey.”

All the pictures were taken with my 60 mm f2.8 Olympus macro lens in natural light.

Categories: Art and special effects, Arts, Cameras, Gallery, Macro, Photography

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21 replies

  1. They are absolutely beautiful!


  2. They all look lovely, but (naturally) I especially like the bears! So simple looking, and yet, you know it’s a bear!


    • Bears are healers in most Native mythology, at least as far as I know. Bears and wolves are my favorite animal fetishes. But I also kind of like the buffalo, badger, and mountain lion. The bears and the wolves were the first ones I got. Actually, it was a double wolf lashed to an arrowhead. I still have it. Hard to photograph 🙂


  3. They are beautiful pieces of art – so tactile


  4. Man, if I’da known you collected those when I lived in New Mexico, I could have gotten some for you.


  5. Oh I love those fetishes. I have a few, but far short of anything like a collection. Wonderful photos. Japanese netsuke are another “want”.


  6. Those are gorgeous. Nice going.


  7. One of my closest friend is Native American. She has some interesting pieces at home and I always love to hear her stories. Some of them she makes up (I am sure of it) but I love them nevertheless.

    Beautiful pieces Marilyn~!


  8. That’s good stuff. Where did you find those?


    • Mostly online. A couple of them in Arizona. I used to have some dependable sources for Native American stuff in Arizona and New Mexico, but I stopped buying a few years ago, so I don’t know if they are still in business. A couple of them were pretty old, so they may have retired.


  9. Some very precious pieces with very inticrate details. After your chinese pottery this is yet another amazing collection of art & culture. Thanks for bringing it straight from Turkey.


    • No, it isn’t from Turkey. It is made in the U.S., in Arizona and New Mexico. I’m sorry … American slang can be so misleading. To go “Cold Turkey” means to immediately stop taking a drug or doing something to which you are addicted (like shopping, or smoking). I have no idea what it’s called that … it’s an idiom, so of course it didn’t make sense to you. Sometimes I forget how weird slang can be when it’s translated.

      When I lived in Israel, we sometimes — for fun — used to literally translate English “sayings” into Hebrew and they made no sense at all, but were occasionally very funny.

      All of these fetishes are carved by Native Americans — mostly Hopi, Pueblo, or Navajo, though other tribes also carve. I’m sorry. I did not mean to mislead you!

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  10. What an incredible collection and I can understand their appeal. Keep collecting and supporting Indigenous culture. That would be my argument. xx Rowena


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