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Fetish Animals

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. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly proportional to the protection it will provide. Zuni Indians believe that fetishes must be properly cared for. They are given offerings of cornmeal and kept in special turquoise encrusted fetish pots or pouches. Often fetishes are adorned with turquoise, arrowheads and feathers. These are offerings to the fetish for gifts received or anticipated. Zuni Indians believe in the six cardinal guardian fetishes. Each guardian fetish guards one of the six directions: the mountain lion is the guardian of the North, the badger guards the South, the bear defends the west, and the wolf is the guardian of the East. The mole is the guardian of the inner Earth and the eagle is the guardian of the Sky. Fetishes sold today are more correctly referred to as carvings, as they have not been blessed by a medicine man.

We have a unique selection of American Indian fetish animals, made from a variety of materials and gemstones.

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Fetish Animal. Rose Quartz Owl Fetish

A finely detailed Owl fetish made from Rose Quartz Gemstone. Fetish carvings represent the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. This fetish is 2" tall and approximately 1" wide. People who have Owl Medicine will be able to see and hear what others try to hide. You will hear what is not being said, and you will see what is hidden or in the shadows.


Fetish Animal Malachite Turtle Fetish

Malachite is a gemstone and its properties are for healing. To the Native Americans, the turtle was a symbol of Mother Earth and a reminder that she provides for all our needs. The turtle can remind us to take time for ourselves. It also reminds us to awaken and heighten our sensibilities. Turtles are symbolic of longevity. Just like the turtle cannot separate itself from its shell, neither can we separate ourselves from what we do to the Earth. The fetish measures 1.5" x 1" long.



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