of the West"
Medicine bundle of feathers, turquoise and coral heishi.
What is an Animal Fetish?
fetish is a carving of an animal that captures the spirit and the essence of the
animal, not necessarily its exact detailed conformation. Fetishes are carved from
many types of stone, wood, antler, shell and other materials. Often the eyes and
spots of adornment, called power spots, inset pieces of contrasting stones such
as turquoise, jet and coral.
What is a Medicine Bundle?
Many fetishes have a medicine bundle, offering bundle, or adornment tied onto the animal that consists of alabaster nuggets, 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.
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.
INDIAN BUFFALO SYMBOLISM
Buffalo was the major source of sustenance for indigenous cultures of the plains, giving meat for food, hides for shelter and clothing, and Spirit Medicine. The appearance of Buffalo is a sign that prayers are being heard, that the sacred pipe and Spirit are being honored. Buffalo signals a time of abundance, prosperity and thankfulness.The medicine of Buffalo is prayer, gratitude and praise for that which has been received. Buffalo Medicine is also knowing that abundance is present when all relations are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of creation, recognizing the sacredness of every walk of life.
Turquoise is associated with the sky,
and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is
believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise
can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.
Fetishes and Carvings
5 - Types of Fetishes