Native American Navajo Bear Fetish Carving

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"Smiling Heart"
David Yazzie - Navajo Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Materials
Jet, turquoise, coral
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Length
2 1/2 "
Height
1 1/4"
Width
3/4"
Hallmarks
signed: DJY
Artist
David Yazzie, Navajo

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

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"Smiling Heart"
David Yazzie, Navajo
Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Double heartline of inlaid turquoise and coral.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Inlaid turquoise eyes.

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What is a Fetish?

A fetish is a rock carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Read more about fetishes.

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.

Heart Line. The heart line is a line etched, painted or inlaid along one or both sides of the animal. It usually extends from the mouth to the region of the heart. There are many interpretations as to what a heart line represents, but it is often said to represent the pathway of the breath of the animal to the life force which is the heart. Others feel that the heart line points to the soul of the animal. It is thought that a heart line gives the fetish healing or medicinal power.

 

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