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Zuni Fetishes and Indian Fetishes

 
A fetish is a Native American carving believed to have power. Many Native American tribes create and use fetishes, the most renowned fetish carvers are from the Zuni Indian tribe.
 

Indian fetishes are hand-carved objects, which represent the spirits of animals. From the earliest times in North America, the Indians have used fetishes in an effort to master forces beyond their control. The earliest fetishes are called Ahlashiwe or stone ancients by the Zunis. They were naturally formed stones that seemed to resemble people or animals, sometimes made more realistic with the features accentuated by a carver.

Zunis believe that animals, as well as inanimate objects and the forces of nature, have a spirit force, which can either help or hurt man. It is believed that the carved animal fetishes host that spiritual force and, if treated properly, will help their owners to overcome the problems facing them.

 
According to Zunis, the guardian animals of the six directions are:
   
Mountain lion - North
Bear - West
Badger - South
Eagle - the Sky (up)
Mole - Underground (down)
Wolf - East

 

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The Zuni fetishes are given a place of honor in the Zuni home. Some receive special places on the family altar; others are kept in their fetish bowl when not in use. A fetish bowl is a hand-made pot, usually encrusted with turquoise chips, with the four directional fetishes attached to the outside. Inside the pot, fetishes are stored in a mixture of wood ash and corn pollen. If a mole fetish is in residence, it is usually kept in a leather bag because it doesn't like light. These fetishes are ceremonially fed through a small hole in the side of the pot.
 
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Carved from rock and semi-precious stones, Zuni fetish carvings are used in daily life for good luck, prosperity and health. The heart line of coral or turquoise seen on some fetishes represents the living essence within the stone body, while the backpack on a fetish is an offering to the animal spirits. Common materials used by Zuni fetish carvers include serpentine, jet, turquoise, coral, travertine onyx, green snail shell and Picasso marble. The bear or medicine bear is one of the most popular and commonly made Zuni fetishes, representing strength, courage, power, good luck, and healing.
 
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