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Fetishes are used by the Zuni primarily for hunting, protection and to ensure fertility. The Zuni believe that a spirit lives within the fetish, giving it its unique power. Common animal fetishes include bears, moles, badgers, wolves, mountain lions, foxes, coyotes and birds.
Please enjoy surfing through our Native American Fetish Guide which is filled with information on many different fetish carvings, such as Zuni FetishesNavajo Fetishes, Hopi Fetishes, and more. You can learn about the meaning of different animal fetishes and other fetish figures such as Corn Maidens! Fetishes, charms, amulets, or simply good luck pieces, call them whatever you would like, but virtually every culture has them.
Jeff Tsalabutie d. Zuni fetish bear by Emery Eriacho made from rainbow calsilica. Native American Zuni Bear, symbol of power and leadership.
The Zuni have traditionally used small stone carvings of animal figures as power objects and mediators between themselves and the spirit world. Any object that has special meaning can be used as a fetish. In this fascinating, informative, and beautifully illustrated guide to the fetishes of the Zuni people of New Mexico, Hal Zina Bennett explores key principles of Native American spirituality and how early Zuni teachings can benefit us all today.
It continues to be one of the most gratifying and exciting forms to collect. American Indian art combines age-old tradition, innovation and talent. It results in wide varieties of art for all levels of collecting, irrespective of whether you are beginning with a first-time purchase or have been collecting for a number of years.
Singing Water Figurines This Pueblo pottery gallery crafts ceramic figurines including storytellers, painted animal fetishes, and Southwest Indian nativity sets. Masks, bentwood boxes, staves, wooden figurines, wall hangings, and more. Native Stylings Contemporary wood sculptures and carved walking sticks by a Colville Indian artist.
Zuni Carved Moose Fetish by Elton Kaamasee This spectacular bull moose with turquoise eyes was carved from antler, incorporating the crown of the antler for the ground. This is a wonderful piece by Zuni artist Elton Kaamasee. This spectacular bull moose with turquoise eyes was carved from antler, incorporating the crown of the antler for the ground. Native American Navajo Etched Red Clay Bowl — Inside Outside by Marshalene Bennett This beautiful bowl is etched on the inside as well as the outside, handpainted with the soft desert colors of the southwest and enhanced by a band of green around the lip.
Fetish Meanings. About Fetishes A fetish is a Native American carving believed to have power. Many Native American tribes create and use fetishes; however, the most renowned fetish carvers are the Zuni, who call themselves Asiwi Ah-she-wee.
American Indians have used fetishes throughout recorded history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from various problems of mind or body. Some believe that their mystical powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly proportional to the protection it will provide.