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 Does a Heart Line Represent?
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.
Fetishes and Carvings
5 - Types of Fetishes