Native American Zuni Snake Fetish Carving

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Russell Shack - Zuni Snake Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Indian Snake Fetish

Jet snake with turquoise power spots and eyes.
Etched designs.

Jet, turquoise, Read about stones
3 1/8"
Russell Shack   Zuni
Russell Shack, Zuni

Native American Indian Jewelry and Fetish Carving booksRussell Shack's work is featured in Zuni Fetishes and Carvings by Kent McManis.

Authentic Native American Indian Snake Fetish

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"Night Glider"
Russell Shack, Zuni

Snake Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Indian Snake Fetish

Dime above shows small scale of carving.

Authentic Native American Indian Snake 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, fishrock is traditional. Read more about fetishes.

The Snake

The snake in some Native American cultures represents speed and swiftness, the same properties as lightning or the lightning arrow and they often have a similar visual form. The snake does not symbolize anything negative or treacherous. Rather, the snake represents abundant rainfall, fertility and healing. Snake symbols are rarely seen in Navajo jewelry and art but are often used by Zuni.

We here in northern Colorado live with snakes on a seasonal basis - they are part of the landscape and ecosystem. Since our climate is semi-arid, we welcome the abundant rainfall the snake might bring.

Jet (Acoma Jet) - A solid, durable type of lignite coal that originated from wood material. It is mined around the Acoma Pueblo region, among other places, thus the name Acoma Jet. It is very popular with Indian artists for carving fetishes. It is also used for inlaying jewelry but usually is not used in jewelry stone sets. Read about stones.

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