"Sad and Blue"
Paula says - "The groove around this bear's midsection is where a medicine bundle is usually attached. But, alas, there is no bundle. I think that's why the bear looks sad.
In my opinion, this bear shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Native American made. But because we are unable to attribute the signature to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."
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.
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 Directions.
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.
About Lapis Lazuli
Lapis is a
deep blue stone often with gold flecking that twinkles like stars. The name lapis
lazuli is a combination of the Latin word lapis ("stone") and the Arabian
name azul, meaning "blue."
ancient cultures believed that lapis lazuli contained magical powers. In the Middle
Ages, monks powdered the stone and kneaded it into dough with beeswax, resin and
linseed oil, for use in illuminated manuscripts. Today, people around the world
consider lapis lazuli to be a stone of truth and friendship. It is reputed to
bring about harmony in relationships and to cleanse the mental body while releasing
old karmic patterns.