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Zuni Beaded Folk Art Turkey By Larissa Gaspar

Zuni Beaded Folk Art Turkey By Larissa Gaspar

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This carefully hand-beaded Zuni turkey is by one of the best Zuni beaders working today. Her name is Larissa Gaspar, and she's known for using colored seed beads to bring whimsical animals and other characters to life. The more you look at her work, the more you'll smile. 

This little turkey on its wooded stand could easily be one of the turkeys that helped the little left-out San Ildefonso girl attend the village festival near the bank of the Rio Grande in the folk tale "A Tewa Cinderella Story" as relayed by Awa Tsireh and recorded in the rare book Tewa Firelight Tales. (You can listen to that story here).

This special turkey measures 3 1/4" tall x 2 1/2" wide. It's signed on the bottom by Larissa Gaspar. 

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