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Corrine Ramirez - Navajo Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear fetish of jet by Navajo artist Corrine Ramirez 

Turquoise inlaid eyes.

Material
Acoma jet, turquoise, coral, shell, Read about stones
Height
1 3/8"
Length
1 5/8"
Width
3/8"
Artist
Corrine Ramirez, Navajo

Authentic Native American Bear fetish of jet by Navajo artist Corrine Ramirez

Medicine bundle of turquoise arrowhead and nugget, shell pieces and tiny beads.

 

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Corrine Ramirez - Navajo
Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Bear fetish of jet by Navajo artist Corrine Ramirez

Authentic Native American Bear fetish of jet by Navajo artist Corrine Ramirez

Authentic Native American Bear fetish of jet by Navajo artist Corrine Ramirez

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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.

Native American Bear Symbolism

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. Bear has supernatural powers and 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. Bears are the main figure in the Mountain Way, an important Navajo ceremony. Bear claws are a traditional adornment to pendants and bracelets.

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.

About Acoma Jet

Acoma jet is a solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood material. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet. It is very popular with Indian artists for carving fetishes. It is also used for inlaying jewelry but usually is not used in jewelry stone sets. Jet can be heavy or very lightweight and it is sometimes mistaken for plastic. Read about stones.

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