Zuni Fetish Jewelry
The Zuni fetish is a way of accessing ancient wisdom and aligning oneself with natural forces. These little stone carvings are revered as tools for exploring one's inner world or for asking spiritual helpers from the "unseen world" for their assistance in everyday life. The carvings, resembling animals that appear in the Zunis' physical environment as well as in their mythology, act as mediators between the human world and the world of intuitive knowledge that nurtures the creative spirit in all of us. The traditional spiritual beliefs of the Zuni, the fetish is not considered to have power until it has been sanctified by the appropriate person within the community. Some Zunis will decorate their carvings with turquoise, coral, shell and even points or arrowheads. Rarely do you see fetishes with feathers since these are to be added only in the ceremonies that give a fetish its power. The fetish reminds us that we are not alone and that life on this planet did not begin with us. The Zuni religion and cosmology do not seek to harness the mysteries or control them; they strive instead to acknowledge, honor and preserve them.
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A beautiful fetish necklace, handmade by Tom from the Navaho nation, with pen shell and turquoise heishe. The fetish animals are made from mother of pearl, turquoise, jasper,onyx and jet. There are also other animals made from different gemstones in the necklace. The strands measure 24", 26" and 28" Very lightweight and eye-catching !
A 34" necklace with a 2" onyx black bear it the center. There are a variety of fetishes on the necklace and are approximately 1" each.
A 31" white alabaster bear fetish necklace made with graduated bears.The center bear is 2" wide. Black cocoa heishi beads lay between each one with a small turquoise nugget. The bear represents Power from Within, Introspection and Soul.
Black Wolf traveled all over the southwest part of the United States visiting the rock art and petroglyphs. He also lived in Colorado and as a young boy was curious. He visited many of the cliff dwellings and caves. He once told me as a young boy he would tell his mother he was going to go and hunt buffalo. She agreed and off he went. These images came to him one night after he visited the caves. So he made the following carvings from bone. Very unique and thought provoking.
A carving made from bone and is 5" long with the widest point being 2"
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A bone fetish that is 5" long with the widest point being 2".
This carving is one of several that came to Black Wolf after he visited the rock art petroglyphs of the southwestern part of the United States.
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Slightly over 7.5" of a bone carving fetish. This image came to Black Wolf after he traveled the Indian Rock Art of the Southwest.
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A 27" fetish necklace using all bone components. The pendant is one of Black Wolf's 'rock carving images' he made. The necklace has rectangular beads, small to medium round bone beads, and disc beads. The difference in coloring is due to the 'natural' color of bone and age. No color or stain has been added. Lobster claw clasp has been added for closure.
A 26" necklace with a 4" bone carving handmade by American Indian artist, Black Wolf. One side of the pendant is smooth, whereas the other side is slightly rough in places. The necklace has accompanying bone beads in different shapes to blend together the entire necklace. A decorative sterling silver 'S' clasp has been added for closure.
A 32" necklace with a variety of fetish animals throughout the necklace. The focal point is a turquoise Thunderbird Kachina which is 3" high and slightly over 2" wide This is a non-indian made item. It is a Southwestern style necklace . There is no clasp and it can easily be put on over your head.
- Artist : Unknown
- Nation : Zuni
A 28" fetish necklace with gemstone horses. They are made from turquoise, onyx, amber, agate and malachite and mother of pearl. Each horse is approximately 1". Turquoise and penshell heishi are used between each horse. The turquoise represents the the water and sky and the penshell represents the earth. Various figures of animals represnts certain powers. The horse is one of these animals and represents Strength and Power of Healing..