Fetishes and Carvings
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The use of small carved
animals on Native American necklaces is a modern invention for the market. It
is not traditional to use a fetish, per se, on a necklace or as jewelry.
Table fetishes stand on
a flat surface for viewing. They come in various scales with the 2-inch scale
being the size most commonly sold today.
A fetish can be carried
when the power of the animal is desired to help the person with a routine task
or an obstacle or problem. Pocket fetishes might help with safe travel, a successful
venture or "hunt", a good yield or "crop".
A fetish can be transported
in a medicine bag but it is said that only the mole is content in the darkness
for long periods of time.