At the center of each region is a great mountain peak that is a very sacred place. An arrowhead, "emblematic of Sa-wa-ni-kia", or the "medicine of war", on the back or side of either of these animals prevented a warrior from being taken by surprise by his enemy, and an arrowhead on the belly or feet erased the tracks of the carrier so that they could not be followed by the enemy. They are small sculptures with spiritual meaning and are portable and evoke emotion when held and viewed. These guardians are considered as having protective and healing powers. But historically the most-used stone has been serpentine, a local soft stone found abundantly in the Zuni Mountains and also in Arizona. On the subject of feeding, it is believed from tradition that the fetishes require a meal of cornmeal and ground turquoise periodically.
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Dee Edaakie Zuni Fetish Mountain Lion Leopard Stone Jasper 2003
The iridescent inside of a shell. A manganese mineral introduced from South Africa around Although many southwest tribes carve fetishes, the Zuni Fetish carvers are generally acknowledged as doing the finest work among all of the tribes. Your purchase directly supports Native American artists and helps to keep this art form alive! Make certain that you have fresh cornmeal available at all times for your Zuni fetish to feed on!
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Cushing reports that the Zuni divided the world into six regions or directions: For this reason some carvers prefer the term "carvings" rather than the term "fetishes" when referring to offerings for collectors. The Totem Post thetotempost2 These guardian animals are the same as the original regions with the exception of the coyote, which replaces the bear; and the wildcat or bobcat , which replaces the red badger Cushing, Allison Wallace - Zuni Materials: The fetish was placed in a buckskin bag and carried by the hunter over his heart Cushing, Realism in carving style is a matter relative to the beliefs of its owner, and the realism in contemporary carving is a product of collector request and demand and the intent of Zuni carvers to raise the level of their art form through participation in the world of contemporary art.