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Zuni Fetishes and Their Characteristics

Armadillo Zuni Fetish Carving: slow, sure animal. no hurry - gets things right. keeper of the home.

Badger Zuni Fetish Carving: the ability to reach a desired goal

Bear Zuni Fetish Carving: strength, inner power to perceive ones present circumstances

Beaver Zuni Fetish Carving: progressive builder, one who promotes family unity

Buffalo Zuni Fetish Carving: steadfast endurance to rise above one's weakness

Coyote Zuni Fetish Carving: the ability to laugh at oneself, humor

Eagle Zuni Fetish Carving: a soaring spirit that transcends personal problems, a connection to the Divine

Fox Zuni Fetish Carving: camouflage, protection

Frog Zuni Fetish Carving: for centuries able to petition the spririts to bring forth abundant rain

Horned Toad Zuni Fetish Carving: self-reliance, longevity in life. conservation of native bounty.

Horse Zuni Fetish Carving: one of only two fetishes that have innate healing powers

Mole Zuni Fetish Carving: keeper of the underground. amplifies connections with the earth.

Mountain Lion Zuni Fetish Carving: leadership, resourcefulness

Owl Zuni Fetish Carving: keeper of the night. controls the dark side of nature. wise, smart, patient and endurance of mind.

Ram Zuni Fetish Carving: used to procure an increase of herds

Raven Zuni Fetish Carving: this bird's beak is scratched across an afflicted person's skull releasing it's healing powers

Snake Zuni Fetish Carving: a powerful fetish symbolizing life, death and rebirth

Turtle Zuni Fetish Carving: a symbol of long, meaningful life

Wolf Zuni Fetish Carving: teacher, path finder on the never ending journey for survival

Dolphin Zuni Fetish Carving: known for Gentleness and Playfulness

Cat Zuni Fetish Carving: known for Patience and Independence

Butterfly Zuni Fetish Carving: represents "Everlasting Life"

Hummingbird Zuni Fetish Carving: known for bringing Inspiration and Luck

Deer Zuni Fetish Carving: known for Love and Gentleness

Elk or Wapiti Zuni Fetish Carving: known for Strength

Whale Zuni Fetish Carving: known for Leadership and Strength

Spider Zuni Fetish Carving: known for Ingenuity and Creativity

Kokopelli Zuni Fetish Carving: known for Fertility and Music

GUIDELINES FOR SELECTION OF A FETISH

Choose what you like. Fetishes are an art form and should be judged individually.
What creature is represented?
What material is used? Turquoise, coral, and amber are usually more expensive than the more common alabaster, serpentine, jet or antler.
Who carved the fetish? To what pueblo or tribal group does the carver belong?

CARE OF FETISHES
Fetishes may be dusted with a soft, dry cloth. The leather sinew or feather on the bundles should be kept dry or they may stretch or deterioriate. Older fetishes often appear soiled or dirty and should be left in their original condition to maintain their value

FEED YOUR ZUNI FETISH CARVINGS!
ZUNI FETISHES FEAST ON CORNMEAL!
PREFERABLY BLUE CORNMEAL! YOU WILL RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY BAG OF BLUE CORNMEAL FROM US WITH YOUR FIRST ZUNI FETISH PURCHASE. IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL CORNMEAL IN THE FUTURE, JUST ASK US FOR SOME WITH A FUTURE PURCHASE AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO SEND SOME ALONG! WE INCLUDE ONE COMPLIMENTARY HANDMADE JEMEZ PUEBLO POTTERY DISH TO HOLD THE CORNMEAL, WITH EVERY ORDER OF ZUNI FETISH CARVINGS YOU PLACE!

 
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