My name is Jeff Shetima and I'm a proud productive member of the Zuni Pueblo, I come from a family of jewelry makers and silversmiths. I started creating jewelry and carvings when I was around 11 years old. I was influenced by my parents, grandparents, and our neighbors at that time. I learned carving techniques by observing my neighbors who were carvers, but I’m primarily self-taught. My first carvings were made from my neighbor’s pile of scrap rocks!
For over seven years, I have primarily focused on fetish carving due to the high cost of silver and materials for making fine jewelry. I try my best to carve one-of-a-kind lifelike stone carvings (fetishes), with particular attention to detail on their faces. I also add gemstone micro inlay designs to my carvings; this has become one of the most distinguishing characteristics of my fetish art.
Every stone that I hold in my hands must be in harmony with me before I start a carving. Only with good thoughts, energy and feelings will I proceed to carve. This helps ensure that the positive energy will be internalized in the finished carving.
I make custom jewelry on request. All jewelry requests will be considered as special orders. I also create fetish carvings by request; these are special orders as well. All special orders will require a deposit and may take 3-6 months to complete, although some may take less time.
2013 - Museum of Northern AZ - Spirit Award, First place ribbon
2013 - First ever Main Street event in Zuni NM - Best of Show runner-up certificate
2012 - SWAIA 91st Annual Santa Fe Indian Market - Honorable Mention, Second Place ribbon
2012 - Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Best in Category, First place
2011 - Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Best in Category, 2 First Place ribbons
Publications and Collections
Featured in the magazine, The Spirit of Zuni, 2005
Work published in Native Peoples magazine
Work published at the Tucson Guild
Carvings reside in the permanent collection at the Museum of Man in San Diego CA
Carvings reside in the Natural Historic Museum in Los Angeles CA