Navajo artists weave their culture into their amazing art. She loves traditional cluster and creates these stunning earrings with lots of beautiful cuts of red spiny oyster shell. Because of this, their fetishes are greatly esteemed as mediators between people and the animals they represent. We try to record all the best in our photostream, take a look! Join us for conversation on Native Arts and Crafts, Hallmarks, Jewelry and interact with other collectors! I have never seen a piece of Stephen's work This amazing pottery is always filled with character.
Mountain Lion Fetishes
South Red Pipestone, Dolomite, etc. Life, Death, Rebirth; also very connected to lightning and important in Zuni ceremonies. The Quandelacy family of the Zuni pueblo has a tradition called the Grandmother Necklace which is a fetish necklace made of birds and animals — one animal carved by each member of the family and presented to Grandmother or Mother. Click here to hear "mountain lion" in Shiwi, - the Zuni Language. He is the messenger to the gods and associated with power, balance, dignity and grace. In a hunting directional set, the bobcat is the elder brother of the wolf and represents the southern direction, replacing the badger of the healing directional set. The Zuni's use a coyote fetish when hunting for bighorn or mountain sheep but it is in Hopi-land that mountain sheep have the most importance.
Zuni Fetishes and their origin
Moccasins made of buffalo hide, robes and blankets - these were all highly prized by the Zuni as evidenced when the Spanish first encountered them in the mid 's. These guardians are considered as having protective and healing powers. Realism in carving style is a matter relative to the beliefs of its owner, and the realism in contemporary carving is a product of collector request and demand and the intent of Zuni carvers to raise the level of their art form through participation in the world of contemporary art. It may be adorned with a heishe necklace, feathers, etchings representing ancient petroglyphs , or an etched or inlaid heartline. The fetish aids in the chase and represents "the roar of the animal" and is also fed on the blood of the slain prey.
Zuni Fetish Mountain Lions
Description: You can read more about our book at this link. He is the messenger to the gods and associated with power, balance, dignity and grace. A more common group is a display of the six fetishes, all in the same scale, on a natural setting such as one made with rocks and wood. He is most often associated with the color red and is believed to have knowledge of healing roots and herbs.