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"Ghost Bear Tweets"
Fernando Laiwakete - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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 Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of banded onyx by Zuni Fernando Laiwakete

Banded onyx bear with inlaid turquoise eyes and heartline.

Material
Banded onyx, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl, jet, olive shell,
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Length
2 1/8"
Height
1 7/8"
Width
5/8"
Hallmarks
none
Artist
Fernando Laiwakete, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of banded onyx by Zuni Fernando Laiwakete

Medicine bundle topped by a mother of pearl bird with inlaid eyes of acoma jet. On the sides are olive shell heishi and beads of melon shell, coral, lapis and turquoise all tied with sinew.

"Ghost Bear Tweets"
Fernando Laiwakete - Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of banded onyx by Zuni Fernando Laiwakete

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of banded onyx by Zuni Fernando Laiwakete

Authentic Native American Bear Fetish of banded onyx by Zuni Fernando Laiwakete

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Native American Jewelry Blog tips and iinformationWhat 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. A fetish represents relationship and unity. 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 also 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.

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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