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Zuni Fetishes

 WHAT IS A ZUNI FETISH?

 
Jet Fox - Zuni Fetish by Emery Boone

Carefully shaped by Zuni artisans, fetishes are a physical embodiment of a living spirit. Traditionally, native peoples of the Southwest created carvings to represent the totem animals of the Six Cardinal Directions (the pivotal points of nature). By taking thoughtful care of the fetish, in return, the spirit imbues its keeper with guidance.


Today, fetishes are fashioned after a diverse selection of animals and spirits; each with their own meanings, strengths, and weaknesses. These sculptures are made from a variety of materials, mostly stone and mineral, but organic mediums are also used, such as tagua nut and antler.


 

FETISHES OF THE SIX DIRECTIONS

EAST ➳ Wolf


SOUTH ➳ Badger


WEST ➳ Black Bear


NORTH ➳ Mountain Lion


SKY ➳ Eagle


UNDERWORLD ➳ Mole

SYMBOLISM OF ZUNI FETISHES

Heartline

Gives the spirit breath and life


Offering Bundle 

Offering to the universe


Cornmeal

Feeds the spirit


Fetish Pot

A fetish’s home

 

➳ FIND YOUR MEDICINE 

 ARMADILLO


Learning to SET BOUNDARIES


 BADGER


Willingness to FIGHT FOR WHAT ONE WANTS; aggressiveness

BAT


Dying to the old ways of life; REBIRTH


BEAR


Introspection, the STRENGTH 

TO GO WITHIN


BEAVER


Building on our DREAMS, the industrious "doer"


 BOBCAT / LYNX


Keeping secrets; clairvoyant pictures of WHAT IS HIDDEN

BUFFALO


Medicine: Prayer, Gratitude, and  praise for what we have


 BUTTERFLY


The art of TRANSFORMATION: egg, larva, cocoon, and rebirth

 CORN MAIDEN


Gifts that we receive from 
Mother Earth

 COYOTE


The great TRICKSTER; the ability to see our own foolishness

 CROW


Keeper of the Sacred law, the HIGHER ORDER of right and wrong


 DEER


Gentleness, fearlessness, using COMPASSION to touch 
other hearts and minds

 DOG


Loyalty, SERVICE TO OTHERS 
or humanity

 DOLPHIN


Releasing emotions 
thru "MANNA", the life-force, 
our breath

 DRAGONFLY


Gliding through the midst of illusion 

 EAGLE


The power of the GREAT SPIRIT; connection to the DIVINE

 FOX


Ability to OBSERVE UNDETECTED; protector of the family

 FROG


The cleansing power of water; 
time to refresh, PURIFY

 HAWK


The messenger; the power to perceive, RECEIVE THE TRUTH

 HORNED TOAD


Self reliance, longevity, LUCK!

 HORSE


Spiritual power; the 
WISDOM OF THE JOURNEY

 HUMMINGBIRD


Pure Joy! Tasting the succulent 
nature of LIFE

 LIZARD


Seeing The Dream, the future, your hopes, your fears


 MOLE


CONNECTION to and protector of MOTHER EARTH

 MOOSE


Using SELF-ESTEEM to 
empower others. 

MOUNTAIN LION


The Power and responsibility 
of LEADERSHIP

 OTTER


The personification of femininity, WOMAN MEDICINE

 OWL


CLAIRVOYANCE, the ability to see "in the dark"; wisdom

 PORCUPINE


The power of FAITH and trust! 

Childlike humility, 

innocence and wonder.


 RABBIT


What you resist will persist! 
Release your Fears

 RAM


Finding your SELF-WORTH

 RAVEN


The bringer of MAGIC! A shift in consciousness

 SHEEP


CHARITY. Talents bring 
riches to ALL

 SKUNK


Walking your talk; self-respect, 
your REPUTATION

 SNAKE


TRANSMUTATION of thought
action, or desire.

➳ SQUIRREL


Saving for the winters; 
playful intelligence

➳ TURTLE


The art of grounding; MOTHER EARTH ENERGY; your home is always on your back. Wherever you go, there you are.


WHALE


Using sound to balance our 

emotional bodies; RELEASING 

the Akashic records.


WOLF


The teacher within; INTUITION; sharing in the family.