Zuni fetishes are an animal, bird or figure hand carved from stone, shell,
antler, wood or other natural materials. Zuni fetishes were first
carved as "hunting" fetishes. When taken on a hunting expedition
fetishes would ensure a plentiful and successful hunt. Each fetish
is believed to have a spirit within. If treated and taken care of
properly Zuni fetishes will help guide you on the right path of life.
When you purchase a Zuni Fetish or are given one it is your responsibility
to care for and treat it with the proper respect it deserves. Fetishes
are believed to feed on cornmeal, so don't neglect to feed your fetish.
"Offerings" are often attached to the fetish by the artist, however you
may make your own "offering" to your fetish by attaching a small stone
or feather adornment. An offering to your fetish is greatly appreciated
and you will be rewarded with the healing or strength you desire.
We cannot guarantee that a fetish carving will change your life, but in
our many years of experience we have seen astonishing changes in peoples
lives as a result of their belief in the power of the fetish. Our
fetishes are Zuni carved unless otherwise noted, out of a variety of stone
and shell. Fetish prices will vary depending on detail, artist and
the medium used.
Prized for their "down to earth" beauty and spiritual
renewal, fetishes have long been an important part of Native American culture.
When a fetish maker prays over his/her created work, a mystical power is
believed to be released which can assist one in finding a solution to any
present problems. All Southwestern tribes make and use fetishes;
however, the Zuni people have developed a reputation for being skillful
fetish carvers. There are six cardinal guardian fetishes which are
symbolic of the six directions. The first is a mountain lion which
represents the North. The South belongs to the badger, the West to
the bear, while the East goes to the wolf. Additionally, the mole
guards the inner earth, while the eagle protects the heavenly regions.