Authentic Zuni and Navajo Fetish Carving Six Directions Sets

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Authentic Native American Fetish Carving Six Directions Set
Dawn and Dusk $195

Authentic Native American Fetish Carving Six Directions Set
Zuni and Yazzie $195

Authentic Native American Fetish Carving Six Directions Set
Light and Dark  $195

Authentic Native American Fetish Carving Six Directions Set
White Set   $215

Authentic Native American Fetish Carving Six Directions Set
Large Ones $345 SOLD

Authentic Native American Fetish Carving Six Directions Set
Old Ones   $250 SOLD

Six Directions Set

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Native American Jewelry and Fetish Carving BooksThe Zuni define their world in terms of directions with their home and village and its inhabitants in the
Fetish Carving Books"Middle Place" at the center of the world. From there radiate the six directions - the four cardinal directions (North, South, East West) and the Upper Dimension and the Lower Dimension.

The home is guarded on each side by the animal guardian of each of the six regions. Often a group of six fetishes representing the six directions are placed in the home as a set to protect the home.

The hierarchy is as follows:

  • The mountain lion guards the North.
  • The bear guards the West.
  • The badger guards the South.
  • The wolf guards the East.
  • The eagle guards the Upper Dimension or the Sky.
  • The mole guards the Lower Regions or the Earth.

Various animals represent certain powers.

  • Mountain Lion - Leadership, Protection for Travelers and Success for Hunters
  • Bear - Soul Strength, Power from Within, Introspection, Healing
  • Badger - Aggressiveness, Perseverance
  • Wolf - Teacher, Pathfinder, Clarity, Survival
  • Eagle - Spirit, Vision, Truth, a link to the Great Spirit
  • Mole - The Protector of the Underworld and Crops, Awareness, Introspection

Some Zuni artists carve all six fetishes out of one piece of stone – this is a very rare Six Directions set.

Another approach is to carve one fetish, say the badger, larger and then to tie the other five fetishes, carved in a smaller scale, to the badger.

A more common grouping is a display of the six fetishes, all in approximately the same scale, on a natural setting such as one made with rocks and wood.

Most Native American tribes use fetishes in one way or another and many tribes carve fetishes. The southwestern tribes excel at stone, antler and shell carvings and the Zuni is the most noted carvers of all the southwestern tribes. Because of that Zuni fetishes are often very expensive. Very nice carvings by Navajo carvers are available at more affordable prices. Therefore, we have indicated all the information we have on each piece in each set. Some sets are made up of all Zuni carvings, others are a combination of carvings by Zuni and Navajo artists.

Once you purchase a set, you can always replace one particular animal with a carving by one of your other favorite artists.

Six Directions Set on a rock fountain.

 

We hope that you find a Six Directions Set that speaks out to you and enhances your home and that you enjoy yours as much as we do ours.

 

 

 


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