Native American Navajo Buffalo Fetish Carving

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"Rainbow Bull"
Arvin Toledo - Navajo
Buffalo Fetish Carving

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Native American Indian Buffalo Fetish Carving

Rainbow Dolomite buffalo with inlaid eyes and heart line of turquoise and horns of sterling silver.

Rainbow dolomite, turquoise, shell, sterling silver, sinew
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2 3/8" long
1 3/8" tall
5/8" wide
Arvin Toledo, Navajo

Native American Indian Buffalo Fetish

Medicine bundle of turquoise and shell heishi tied with sinew.

Native American Indian Buffalo Fetish

"Rainbow Bull"
Arvin Toledo - Navajo
Rainbow Dolomite Buffalo Fetish -

#FT266 - $105 SOLD

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Native American Indian Buffalo Fetish

Dime above shows scale of buffalo.

Native American Indian Buffalo Fetish

Eyes of inlaid turquoise.

Native American Indian Buffalo Fetish

Horns of sterling silver.

Native American Indian Buffalo Fetish

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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. Although carved from many types of rock, Rainbow Dolomite is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

Buffalo ("Tatanka" in Lakota), represents prophesy and fulfillment of powers. Buffalo also represents the perseverence and ability to rise above one's weaknesses. Buffalo teaches that everything exists in abundance if it is respected and accepted with gratitude.

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 consists of coral seed beads, shell heishi, feathers and other stone pieces. The bundle may be used as an offering to the fetish, to evoke the spirit of the fetish or to increase the strength of a fetish.

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