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HK Item #FB858
"Call of the Wild"
Juana Homer - Zuni Bear Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American serpentine bear Fetish carving by Zuni Juana Homer

materials
serpentine, turquoise, mother of pearl, coral, Read about stones
length
2 1/8"
width
3/4"
height
1 1/8"
hallmarks
none
artist
Juana Homer, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American serpentine bear Fetish carving by Zuni Juana Homer

Medicine bundle of mother of pearl arrow head with turquoise and coral pieces.

"Call of the Wild"
Juana Homer, Zuni
Bear Fetish Carving

FB858 - $40 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

Authentic Native American serpentine bear Fetish carving by Zuni Juana Homer

Authentic Native American serpentine bear Fetish carving by Zuni Juana Homer

Authentic Native American serpentine bear Fetish carving by Zuni Juana Homer

Eyes of turqoise.

 

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What 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. 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 and 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.

What is a Medicine Bundle?

Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied onto the animal that consists of 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.

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