Zuni Pueblo Indians feel that animals are endowed with unique spiritual
and that the fetish is the embodiment of these spirits. Carved
from rock and semi-precious stones,
Zuni fetish carvings are used in daily life for good luck, prosperity and health. The heartline
coral or turquoise seen on some fetishes represents the living essence within the stone body,
while the backpack on a fetish is an offering to the animal spirits.
Common materials used by Zuni fetish carvers include serpentine, jet, turquoise, coral, travertine
green snail shell and Picasso marble. The bear or medicine
bear is one of the most popular and commonly
made Zuni fetishes, representing strength, courage, power, good luck, and healing.
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