Native American Zuni Snake Fetish Carving

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Patrick Wallace - Zuni Snake Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Zuni Indian Snake Fetish by Patrick Wallace

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

Pipestone, turquoise, Read about stones
signed: Patrick Wallace   Zuni
Patrick Wallace, Zuni

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

Authentic Native American Indian Snake Fetish

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Patrick Wallace, Zuni

Snake Fetish Carving

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Authentic Native American Indian Snake Fetish

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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.

Pipestone, also known as catlinite, is a form of clay called argillite with a high iron content that colors it a deep red to pale orange. Pipestone was discovered in southwestern Minnesota by the Sioux Indians, who consider it a sacred material and use it to carve pipes and other ceremonial objects. It is easy to carve because of its lack of quartz. Read about stones

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