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Carved from traditional Pipestone.
There is a Heart Line carved into one side
Carved and signed by Zuni
Pipe Heart- Zuni Bear Table Fetish
bear is very traditional. Wonderful.
His eyes are inlaid Turquoise.
is one of the guardian animals
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. A double fetish represents relationship and unity. Read more about fetishes.
Bear. The bear is a symbol of strength and deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future.
Heart Line. 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.
Medicine Bundle. Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied on the back of the animal that can consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. These may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.
Also known as catlinite, is a form of clay with a high iron content
that makes it red. The Plains Indians consider it to be a sacred material
and it often is used for ceremonial items such as pipes.
Read more about stones.
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