Zuni Fetishes were thought to be so powerful by the U. Government that in the late 's Frank Hamilton Cushing was sent out to the Zuni Reservation to live among the Zuni people and investigate and study the mysterious power of the Zuni Fetishes. His task was to see if they were a possible threat to the U. Government and the country.
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Zuni Fetish Rabbit
Zuni Badger fetish carving- Boldness, perseverance, individuality, healing- one of the six directional fetishes- South. Zuni bear fetish carving- strength, introspection, self- knowledge, healing, lightens emotional burdens, power of the soul- one of the six directional fetishes- West. Zuni buffalo fetish carving- Abundance, healing, good fortune, endurance to overcome, great emotional courage, provider to all. Zuni butterfly fetish carving- Transformation, balance, grace, the ability to know or to change the mind. Zuni coyote fetish carving- Laughter, humor, foolishness, trickiness, reversal of fortune, master trickster. Zuni dolphin fetish carving- Trust, loyalty, spirit of friendship, joy, harmony, connection with self. Zuni eagle fetish carving- Creator, teacher, loyalty, great integrity, spirit connection to the divine, potency, healing, power, illumination- one of the six directional fetishes-Sky.
Zuni Rabbit Fetish by Danette Laate
This ancient art form is rooted in complex Zuni religious beliefs. Zuni Fetishes are hand carved "animal totems" from the Zuni tribe in New Mexico. Fetishes were shaped from organic material to serve as abodes for spirits, and would impart their powers to those who carried them. Each Zuni Fetish Animal has a different meaning and is used for different purposes. Today, fetishes have moved beyond their traditional forms and can be found in increasing variety.
If you collect Zuni fetishes, you may have a rabbit in your collection. Rabbits are not, however, traditional fetishes in Zuni culture. They have become popular through trade with other tribes and requests of collectors. In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. What is the Rabbit Zuni Fetish meaning?