Turquoise eyes and heartline.
What is an Orthocera?
Orthoceras were the earliest recognizable animals and were able to swim
and crawl. Orthoceras ranged in size from a few inches to over six feet long.
When they died, their shells fell to the ocean floor and over the years minerals
replaced the animals' organic matter turning them to stone.
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.
What is an Animal 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.
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 and