Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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"Crossroads"
Bernard Laiwakete - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Bear Fetish carving

Materials
Picasso marble, turquoise, spiny oyster, agate,
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Sinew (thread made from animal tendon)
Length
2 1/2"
Width
1/2"
Height
1 3/4"
Hallmarks
BL
ZUNI
Artist
Bernard Laiwakete, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksBernard Laiwakete's work is featured in Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Eyes of inlaid turquoise

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Bernard Laiwakete, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving
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Paula says - "This bear is made from a piece of brown Picasso marble that has intersecting light and dark veins. The medicine bundle has a special arrowhead of translucent root beer agate. Call on the power of this bear when you need to make a decision at a crossroads in your life."

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Native American Indian Bear Fetish

Medicine bundle of a root beer agate arrowhead, with spiny oyster and turquoise nuggets all tied with sinew.

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.

Medicine Bundle - Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied on the back of the animal that consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. The bundle may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.

 

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