Native American Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Emery Eriacho - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Zuni Bear fetish  Sodalite 

Sodalite, turquoise, coral, orange spiny oyster, shell heishi, sinew
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1 5/8"
1 1/4"
Emery Eriacho, Zuni

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

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  Sodalite

Medicine bundle of orange spiny oyster arrowhead with turquoise, coral and shell heishi bundle tied on with sinew.

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  Sodalite

"Blue Drift"
Emery Eriacho - Zuni
Sodalite Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Zuni Bear fetish  Sodalite

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  Sodalite

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  Sodalite

Turquoise inlaid eyes.

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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.

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

Sodalite is a rich royal blue mineral that together with hauyne, nosean and lazurite is a common constituent of lapis lazuli. A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral, sodalite is named after its sodium content. Well known for its blue color, sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches. Although very similar to lazurite and lapis lazuli, sodalite is royal blue rather than ultramarine.

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