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    Oi! JNA! Whats your avatar all about?

    I'm trying to work out whether it's either:

    a) a polar bear with a graph running through it;

    or

    b) part of a jigsaw puzzle with a graph running through it.

    Please put me out of my misery/slight befuddlement.

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    It is just a Zuni Bear.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    It is just a Zuni Bear.
    are they like Gummi Bears?

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    No, The Bear is part of the belief, myth and symbols of the Zuni Indian Tribe.

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    can the Zuni Bear also serve as a bottle opener?

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    As JNA said, the Zuni bear symbol is a fetish from the Zuni tribe here in New Mexico, usually made of a highly polished stone. There are many variations of such bears sold around here at Feast Days, Indian Market and other events. Today, such bears may or may not have been made by Zuni folks (Navajo sculptors make a lot these days). They are small and usually fit in the palm of your hand. The ones for sale are not blessed by a Medicine Man and so are just knick knacks. Sometimes they also have an offering strapped to their back made of turquoise or another semi-precious stone. This one, with the line and triangle shows the direction of the animal's breath (usually extending from the mouth to the heart). If it were a fetish blessed by a Medicine man, a Zuni user might place it in his/her mouth and breath in to inhale the spirit of Bear in preparation for some task (especially ritual hunting).

    I'm not sure opening bottles of beer qualifies...

    The Zuni are an unusual tribe in these parts. Their language is unrelated to any of the Pueblo groups (Tiwa, Tewa or Towa) or the Navajo (who speak an Athabaskan language) and they are thought to have migrated from what is now California. Some scholars have suggested linguistic relationships with Japanese and fueled a theory that Japanese explorers landed in California and intermarried with a Native group encountered there. Interestingly, a number of Zuni Veterans were POWs in the South Pacific during WWII and remarked on how easy it was for them to pick up Japanese...The seminal work on this idea is a book by Nancy Yaw Davis called "The Zuni Enigma"
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    Quote Originally posted by Jen View post
    can the Zuni Bear also serve as a bottle opener?
    LOL... good one! kishct-schaaaaa...glug, glug, glug

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