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Alabaster buffalo with turquoise inlaid eyes and jet horns, and pipestone tongue.
FT315 - $75
Paula says - "We don't often see a buffalo fetish with a red tongue (this one is pipestone). The feather medicine bundle is also uncommon. Add two inlaid turquoise heartlines and you have one very special buffalo!"
Medicine bundle of feather, turquoise and coral pieces all tied with sinew (feather and stones will vary somewhat from photos).
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.
Buffalo ("Tatanka" in Lakota), represents prophesy and fulfillment of powers. Buffalo also represents the perseverence and ability to rise above one's weaknesses. Buffalo teaches that everything exists in abundance if it is respected and accepted with gratitude.
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.