His surface is so smooth and soft you will want to keep him in your pocket as a worry stone. These products, many influenced by centuries of history, combine an intrinsic spirit with timeless appeal. The most important of these materials was turquoise which the Zuni regard as the sacred stone. Each guardian fetish guards one of the six directions: Historically, a variety of materials such as shells were exchanged among tribes. Karen Zunie is related to the Cheama family by marriage and is a talented fetish carver in her own right.
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Today many Native Americans seek out a variety of things to achieve their personal expression of art. The fetish was placed in a buckskin bag and carried by the hunter over his heart Cushing, Historically, a variety of materials such as shells were exchanged among tribes. The most important of these materials was turquoise which the Zuni regard as the sacred stone. 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.
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Ask a question about this product. But historically the most-used stone has been serpentine, a local soft stone found abundantly in the Zuni Mountains and also in Arizona. Express International Softcover editions are no longer available. The photos are exquisite, beautifully produced on black pages. This page was last edited on 28 August , at We heartily recommend any of the books by Kent McManis as valuable references on Zuni fetish carvings.
With the arrival of Europeans, trade began for other materials such as beads, silver, and gold. Her detailed carvings are a favorite of fetish collectors. The law prohibits misrepresentation of Indian arts and crafts within the United States. Packaged in a natural recycled giftbox inside of shipping box. Happy to combine on items and make custom lots. These small items, although colorful to the eye, are intended to protect and feed the fetish itself.