Powerful medicine bundle with arrowhead of glistening mother of pearl, turquoise nuggets and a spiny oyster piece all tied with sinew.
What is an Animal Fetish?
fetish is a carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the
animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Fetishes are carved from
many types of stone, wood, antler, shell and other materials. Often the eyes and
spots of adornment, called power spots, inset pieces of contrasting stones such
as double bear fetish Carving of fishrock and turquoise, jet and coral.
Indian Bear Symbolism
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
What is a Medicine Bundle?
Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied onto
the animal that consists of turquoise nuggets, coral seed beads, shell heishi,
feathers and other stone pieces. The bundle may be an offering to the fetish,
to used evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.
Fetishes and Carvings
5 - Types of Fetishes