Instead of Claudia's photo I thought I'd show a sampling of her fabulously popular happy, singing, and dancing bear fetishes.
She is also well known for her Corn Maiden's.
Her younger half-brother, Troy is an extremely well know carver of the happy bears. Honestly I'm not sure who came up with the idea first. Troy's work tends to be much more expensive. Thankfully Claudia's work is accessible by those of us who don't drive Lamborghini's.
The above photo has proven quite popular on my Face Book site. These specific pieces are sold but I have more (many unposted).
Claudia Peina (Kallestewa). Zuni Fetish Carver Adorable. Claudia has adapted her happy bears to pendants, utilizing stabilized or block turquoise. I didn't realize I still had one of these. The...
Claudia Peina (Kallestewa). Zuni Fetish Carver. Wow, this is a large bear. It features the same hallmarks as her smaller bears, the scale is larger. I photographed this standing on...
Claudia Peina (Kallestewa). Zuni Fetish Carver. Claudia is best known for her Corn Maidens, happy or dancing Bears, and Frogs. Claudia called this one a grinder but the maiden isn't holding...