The meaning of navajo fetish carvings

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This ancient art form is rooted in complex Zuni religious beliefs. Zuni Fetishes are hand carved "animal totems" from the Zuni tribe in New Mexico. Fetishes were shaped from organic material to serve as abodes for spirits, and would impart their powers to those who carried them.

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Zuni fetishes, known to the Shiwi people as wemaweare small stone animal carvings that are made by the talented artisans of Zuni Pueblo. Zuni fetish carvings are a part of the Zuni religion which is extremely complex. Perhaps due to their remote location, the Zuni people have been able to retain a great deal of their culture and religion despite being among the most studied Native American people by anthropologists, past and present.

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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.

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Zuni Badger fetish carving- Boldness, perseverance, individuality, healing- one of the six directional fetishes- South. Zuni bear fetish carving- strength, introspection, self- knowledge, healing, lightens emotional burdens, power of the soul- one of the six directional fetishes- West. Zuni buffalo fetish carving- Abundance, healing, good fortune, endurance to overcome, great emotional courage, provider to all.

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In the Northwest portion of New Mexico a people called the Shiwi created detailed animal carvings that became known as Zuni Fetishes. These beautiful bits of Zuni art are far more than nick-knacks, however. They represent a part of a relatively untouched culture with strong spiritual beliefs.

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The Trade Roots Collection. But today the word is most often used to mean an animal carving, usually in stone, which houses the spirit or supernatural qualities of that animal. Native Americans have great reverence for the unseen world, believing everything contains spirit.

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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.

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All Southwestern tribes have fetishes in their traditions. The Zunis have been the most prolific and successful carvers of fetishes for sale to the public in recent years. But Navajos have carried small fetishes in pocket bags for hundreds of years.

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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.

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If there is only a single arrow, it can break very easily. The opening at the top of the three concentric lines is considered the East. They used different natural resources to make their jewelry and some of it is so well made, it is of museum quality. Indian Artifacts This is a wonderful collection of modern Indian artifacts.

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