Paula says - "Navajo fetish maker Harold Davidson makes fascinating animals. Each of his pieces captures the beauty of the Mother Earth creature and always has wonderful character and details. He decorates each piece with radiant colored feathers attached by colorful beads. His masterful etching of the stone provides a striking contrast.
Alabaster body with turquoise eyes.
About the Artist - Harold Davidson
1987 Harold began helping a Jemez carver by the name of Marvin Toya. In 1991 he began selling his own work at art shows and to galleries in Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona. Harold gets ideas for his art through meditation and works on projects full time, often 14 hours a day most weeks. Today Harold lives close to Gallup, N.M., and continues to sell his work at shows and to galleries.
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.
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.
What is Turtle Spirit?
Turtle is seen as Nurturer, Protector, Mother Energy, Mother Earth. Turtle's medicine includes connection with Great Spirit, journeys of discovery, patience, feminine strength, power to heal female diseases, inspiration, protecting oneself and others, self-reliance, and tenacity, longevity.
Fetishes and Carvings
5 - Types of Fetishes