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"Kemo Sabi"
Fernando Laiwakete - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Native American Zuni Bear fetish  of Serpentine 

Serpentine, turquoise, coral, mother of pearl, lapis, shell heishi, sinew
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1 1/2"
1 7/8"
Fernando Laiwakete, Zuni

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

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  of Serpentine

Medicine bundle of mother of pearl songbird, turquoise and lapis nuggets, beads of coral, white shell and silver all tied with sinew.

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  of Serpentine

"Kemo Sabi"
Fernando Laiwakete - Zuni
Serpentine Bear Fetish Carving

FB460 - $95


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Paula says - "Bear Song has a couple cracks in his body that are held firmly together by the sinew medicine bundle wrap. Also, there is a chip on the bottom between the hind feet that is not apparent when the bear is standing. Bear Song has wabi-sabi.

"Wabi-sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection, of accepting natural growth, decay, and death. It reveres authenticity above all else. Wabi-sabi celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet-that our bodies as well as the material world around us are in the process of returning to the dust from which we came."

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  of Serpentine

Dime above shows scale of carving.

Native American Zuni Bear fetish  of Serpentine

Turquoise inlaid eyes. Heart line of inlaid coral and turquoise.


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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. The most powerful medicine bear is White Bear.

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.

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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