- Custom Roadstar (USA)
The Native American Pueblo called Zuni is located in New Mexico. I took this picture of the Zuni bike earlier this summer during a ride in the Southwest. During my visit to Zuni, I was fortunate to visit with some of my wife’s family. My wife’s Great Grandfather, Willie Weahkee, was the tribal drummer in the early 1900’s. (Notice his picture is on the speedometer face.)
The Weahkee’s (Wee-AH-kee) are considered one of the most important fetish carving families in Zuni. Matter of fact, Willie’s brother, Teddy (1890-1965), is considered a “major carver” of fetishes. A fetish is an object believed to have a power greater than the object itself would naturally possess. A fetish that has been ceremonially blessed by a priest or shaman would be considered a “true” fetish by most Native Americans. (Notice the Bear fetish in the shifter knob.) Bear fetishes are one of the most important fetish animals throughout the Southwest. They are considered the “Protective Animal”.
I decided on the Zuni theme as a way to express my respect for Native American’s. In spite of oppression, and the loss of their land, these resilient people have maintained their culture and integrity.
2003 Road Star LE
Custom Paint (Tri-State Chrysler), Shifter (Marty’s Road Star Jockey Shifters), Kool Knobs Shifter Knob, Alien Faces Custom Speedo, HC Pistons, Kuryakyn Pro-Series Hypercharger, DG Hard Krome 2.75 Inch Big Straights, BrakeAway Products Cruise Control, Yamaha Accessories (rear fender rack, passing lamps, LE Saddlebags, front fender tip, 2004 rear fender and taillight assembly), Chilhowee Lever Covers
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