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Fetishes and Their Meanings
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Fetishes   are   anything   of   a   natural   material   that   resembles   the   shape   of   an   animal   (be   it created   by   nature   or   man).   Native   Americans   believe   the   spirit   of   the   animal   and   its spiritual   powers   dwell   within   the   fetish.      These   powers   may   be   invoked   to   aid   and   guide the possessor of the fetish.  In   nature   some   animals   are   stronger   than   others,   hence   their   power   is   greater.      This   is believed   to   be   true   for   fetishes   as   well.      There   are   six   animals   that   are   designated   as guardians of the six directions:                                              North:  Mountain Lion                                              West:   Bear                                              South:  Badger                                              East:    Wolf                                              Zenith  (upper region):  Eagle                                              Nadir   (lower region):  Mole The   meanings   applied   to   the   various   animals   vary   from   tribe   to   tribe.      However,   common to   nearly   all   tribes   is   the   belief   in   the   very   great   powers   of   the   mountain   lion,   bear,   wolf and   eagle.      The   eagle   is   the   messenger   between   Earth   dwellers   and   the   spirits   above.     His   is   the   greatest   blessing.      The   bear   is   the   strongest   healer   and   the   wolf   is   especially known   for   his   cunning.   Among   many   tribes   the   mountain   lion   is   the   most   powerful   overall and used more than any other for success in hunting. The   fetish   may   be   depicted   with   a   spirit   line   (a   lightning   like   line)   that   flows   to   the   center of   the   body   with   an   arrowhead   at   the   end.      This   arrowhead   points   to   the   spiritual   heart   of the   animal.      This   honors   the   animal’s   spirit.      A   prayer   bundle,   also   called   a   medicine bundle,   is   sometimes   attached   to   the   back.      Made   up   of   sacred   materials,   such   as turquoise,   other   stones,   salt,   shell,   etc.,   it   is   an   offering   to   the   animal’s   spirit.   This   is   both to encourage it to use its powers on one’s behalf and to express gratitude for such. In   tribal   life,   so   important   are   the   fetishes   that   a   special   bowl   is   often   made   from   native clay   to   hold   the   sacred   cornmeal   that   feeds   the   animals’   spirits.   The   fetishes   themselves are   often   kept   in   the   bowl   when   not   in   use.      The   bowls   are   adorned   with   carved   fetishes and   covered   with   crushed   turquoise.   They   are   kept   in   the   possession   of   the   medicine men   of   the   tribe,   as   they   are   used   to   heal   any   ailment   (mental   or   physical)   that   the members   of   the   tribe   may   have.      The   powers   of   the   fetishes   are   also   called   upon   to   meet the needs of the tribe as a whole, such as prosperity, security, or whatever may arise. One’s   personal   fetish   serves   the   same   basic   purposes.      It   is   often   worn   on   a   small leather   pouch   around   the   neck   or   the   waist   or   in   a   pocket   where   it   will   not   be   exposed   to the   view   of   anyone   else.      When   choosing   a   personal   fetish   go   with   the   one   you   simply are   most   attracted   to   because   that   is   the   one   you   have   a   rapport   with.      That   individual fetish   is   speaking   to   you.      It   is   believed   that   if   you   are   true   to   it,   it   will   be   true   to   you.      The same guidance applies to choosing a fetish for a gift.  The Zuni Indians of New Mexico are the premier fetish carvers of the southwest.  They are often called upon by other tribal peoples to make their ceremonial fetishes for them.
FETISHES & THEIR MEANINGS ARMADILLO  - SLOW, SURE, IN NO HURRY.  GETS THINGS RIGHT.  KEEPER OF THE HOME. BADGER  - BOLDNESS, PERSEVERANCE, INDIVIDUALITY.  “ SOUTH BAT  - GUARDIAN OF THE NIGHT, CLEANER. BEAR  - STRENGTH, INTROSPECTION, POWER OF THE SOUL. LIGHTENS EMOTIONAL BURDENS.  “ WEST BEAVER  - BUILDER. STRONG SENSE OF FAMILY & HOME.  KEEPER OF THE WATERWAYS. BUFFALO  - ENDURANCE TO OVERCOME.  GREAT EMOTIONAL COURAGE.  PROVIDER OF ALL. COYOTE  - TRICKSTER.  ASSOCIATED WITH LAUGHTER, HUMOR.  WORKS WELL IN A GROUP. DEER  - GREAT POWER OF GENTLENESS. DOLPHIN  - TRUST, LOYALTY, SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP. EAGLE  - CREATOR, TEACHER, LOYALTY, GREAT INTEGRITY.  SPIRIT OF CONNECTION TO THE DIVINE.  “ SKY ELK  - STRENGTH, AGILITY, FREEDOM. FISH  - PURIFIER, CHARACTER.  ABILITY TO HIDE EMOTIONS. FOX  - CAMOFLAGE, PROTECTION, INGENUITY, QUICKNESS, GREAT PASSION. FROG  - RAINMAKER.  SILENTLY WARNS OF DANGER.  ASSOCIATED WITH ABUNDANCE. HAWK  - MESSENGER OF THE SKY, OBSERVER. HORNED TOAD  - SELF-RELIANCE, LONGEVITY.  PROTECTS ANCESTRAL BOUNTY. HORSE  - SWIFTNESS, STRENGTH, ENLIGHTENMENT.  POSSESSES HEALING POWERS. HUMMINGBIRD  - MESSENGER, STOPPER OF TIME. KOKOPELLI  - FERTILITY, MUSIC, JOY. LIZARD  - CONSERVATION, AGILITY. MOLE  - AMPLIFIES CONNECTION WITH THE EARTH.  PROTECTS THE FIELDS.  “ UNDERGROUND MOOSE  - HEADSTRONG, UNSTOPPABLE, LONGEVITY. MOUNTAIN LION  - LEADERSHIP, RESOURCEFULNESS.  GREAT COURAGE.  HIGH STANDARDS.  “ NORTH MOUSE  - TIMID, SECRETIVE, SNEAKY. OWL  - WISDOM, PATIENCE, MENTAL ENDURANCE.  CONTROLS DARK SIDE OF NATURE.  KEEPER OF THE NIGHT. OTTER  - LAUGHTER, CURIOSITY, MISCHIEVOUS. PHEASANT  - CONFIDENCE, ATTRACTION, FLAMBOYANCE. QUAIL  - SACRED SPIRAL, CEREMONIAL, HOLY. RABBIT  - VIRTUE, SERENITY, LOW CURIOSITY.  QUIET TALENT.  RESTRAINED PASSION. RACCOON  - BANDIT, SHY, RESOURCEFUL. RAM  - SENSE OF SELF-WORTH.  ASSURES AN INCREASE IN FLOCKS. RAVEN  - TRICKSTER, TEACHER, HOARDER. SEAL  - FAMILY ORIENTED.  POSSESSES POWER IN NUMBERS. SHEEP  - CHARITY, ELEGANCE, PASSION.  BEST AT THE ARTS.  TALENTS BRING RICHES. SKUNK  - WARY, CONSPICUOUS, INTENSE. SNAKE  - TRANSMUTATION.  LIFE, DEATH, REBIRTH. SPIDER  - CREATIVE PATTERN OF LIFE. SQUIRREL  - NATURAL INTELLIGENCE.  SAVER.  PROTECTS RESERVES. TURKEY  - SMART, ELUSIVE, FESTIVE. TURTLE  - LONGEVITY, FERTILITY.  SYMBOL OF MOTHER EARTH, HOME AND RELIABILITY. WOLF  - TEACHER, FAMILY ORIENTED, WARM.  DEEPLY SPIRITUAL.  PATHFINDER ON JOURNEY OF SURVIVAL. “ EAST
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Fetishes and Their Meanings
Fetishes   are   anything   of   a   natural   material   that   resembles   the   shape   of   an   animal (be   it   created   by   nature   or   man).   Native   Americans   believe   the   spirit   of   the   animal and   its   spiritual   powers   dwell   within   the   fetish.      These   powers   may   be   invoked   to   aid and guide the possessor of the fetish.  In   nature   some   animals   are   stronger   than   others,   hence   their   power   is   greater.      This is   believed   to   be   true   for   fetishes   as   well.      There   are   six   animals   that   are   designated as guardians of the six directions:                                              North:  Mountain Lion                                              West:   Bear                                              South:  Badger                                              East:    Wolf                                              Zenith  (upper region):  Eagle                                              Nadir   (lower region):  Mole The   meanings   applied   to   the   various   animals   vary   from   tribe   to   tribe.      However, common   to   nearly   all   tribes   is   the   belief   in   the   very   great   powers   of   the   mountain   lion, bear,   wolf   and   eagle.      The   eagle   is   the   messenger   between   Earth   dwellers   and   the spirits   above.      His   is   the   greatest   blessing.      The   bear   is   the   strongest   healer   and   the wolf   is   especially   known   for   his   cunning.   Among   many   tribes   the   mountain   lion   is   the most powerful overall and used more than any other for success in hunting. The   fetish   may   be   depicted   with   a   spirit   line   (a   lightning   like   line)   that   flows   to   the center   of   the   body   with   an   arrowhead   at   the   end.      This   arrowhead   points   to   the spiritual   heart   of   the   animal.      This   honors   the   animal’s   spirit.      A   prayer   bundle,   also called   a   medicine   bundle,   is   sometimes   attached   to   the   back.      Made   up   of   sacred materials,   such   as   turquoise,   other   stones,   salt,   shell,   etc.,   it   is   an   offering   to   the animal’s   spirit.   This   is   both   to   encourage   it   to   use   its   powers   on   one’s   behalf   and   to express gratitude for such. In   tribal   life,   so   important   are   the   fetishes   that   a   special   bowl   is   often   made   from native   clay   to   hold   the   sacred   cornmeal   that   feeds   the   animals’   spirits.   The   fetishes themselves   are   often   kept   in   the   bowl   when   not   in   use.      The   bowls   are   adorned   with carved   fetishes   and   covered   with   crushed   turquoise.   They   are   kept   in   the   possession of   the   medicine   men   of   the   tribe,   as   they   are   used   to   heal   any   ailment   (mental   or physical)   that   the   members   of   the   tribe   may   have.      The   powers   of   the   fetishes   are also   called   upon   to   meet   the   needs   of   the   tribe   as   a   whole,   such   as   prosperity, security, or whatever may arise. One’s   personal   fetish   serves   the   same   basic   purposes.      It   is   often   worn   on   a   small leather   pouch   around   the   neck   or   the   waist   or   in   a   pocket   where   it   will   not   be exposed   to   the   view   of   anyone   else.      When   choosing   a   personal   fetish   go   with   the one   you   simply   are   most   attracted   to   because   that   is   the   one   you   have   a   rapport with.      That   individual   fetish   is   speaking   to   you.      It   is   believed   that   if   you   are   true   to   it, it will be true to you.  The same guidance applies to choosing a fetish for a gift.  The Zuni Indians of New Mexico are the premier fetish carvers of the southwest.  They are often called upon by other tribal peoples to make their ceremonial fetishes for them.
FETISHES & THEIR MEANINGS ARMADILLO    -   SLOW,   SURE,   IN   NO   HURRY.      GETS   THINGS   RIGHT.      KEEPER   OF   THE HOME. BADGER  - BOLDNESS, PERSEVERANCE, INDIVIDUALITY.  “ SOUTH BAT  - GUARDIAN OF THE NIGHT, CLEANER. BEAR    -   STRENGTH,   INTROSPECTION,   POWER   OF   THE   SOUL.   LIGHTENS   EMOTIONAL BURDENS.  “ WEST BEAVER     -    BUILDER.    STRONG    SENSE    OF    FAMILY    &    HOME.        KEEPER    OF    THE WATERWAYS. BUFFALO      -     ENDURANCE     TO     OVERCOME.          GREAT     EMOTIONAL     COURAGE.       PROVIDER OF ALL. COYOTE    -   TRICKSTER.      ASSOCIATED   WITH   LAUGHTER,   HUMOR.      WORKS   WELL   IN   A GROUP. DEER  - GREAT POWER OF GENTLENESS. DOLPHIN  - TRUST, LOYALTY, SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP. EAGLE      -     CREATOR,     TEACHER,     LOYALTY,     GREAT     INTEGRITY.          SPIRIT     OF CONNECTION TO THE DIVINE.  “ SKY ELK  - STRENGTH, AGILITY, FREEDOM. FISH  - PURIFIER, CHARACTER.  ABILITY TO HIDE EMOTIONS. FOX  - CAMOFLAGE, PROTECTION, INGENUITY, QUICKNESS, GREAT PASSION. FROG      -     RAINMAKER.          SILENTLY     WARNS     OF     DANGER.          ASSOCIATED     WITH ABUNDANCE. HAWK  - MESSENGER OF THE SKY, OBSERVER. HORNED TOAD  - SELF-RELIANCE, LONGEVITY.  PROTECTS ANCESTRAL BOUNTY. HORSE      -     SWIFTNESS,     STRENGTH,     ENLIGHTENMENT.          POSSESSES     HEALING POWERS. HUMMINGBIRD  - MESSENGER, STOPPER OF TIME. KOKOPELLI  - FERTILITY, MUSIC, JOY. LIZARD  - CONSERVATION, AGILITY. MOLE     -    AMPLIFIES    CONNECTION    WITH    THE    EARTH.        PROTECTS    THE    FIELDS.      UNDERGROUND MOOSE  - HEADSTRONG, UNSTOPPABLE, LONGEVITY. MOUNTAIN   LION    -   LEADERSHIP,   RESOURCEFULNESS.      GREAT   COURAGE.      HIGH STANDARDS.  “ NORTH MOUSE  - TIMID, SECRETIVE, SNEAKY. OWL     -    WISDOM,    PATIENCE,    MENTAL    ENDURANCE.        CONTROLS    DARK    SIDE    OF NATURE.  KEEPER OF THE NIGHT. OTTER  - LAUGHTER, CURIOSITY, MISCHIEVOUS. PHEASANT  - CONFIDENCE, ATTRACTION, FLAMBOYANCE. QUAIL  - SACRED SPIRAL, CEREMONIAL, HOLY. RABBIT     -    VIRTUE,    SERENITY,    LOW    CURIOSITY.        QUIET    TALENT.        RESTRAINED PASSION. RACCOON  - BANDIT, SHY, RESOURCEFUL. RAM  - SENSE OF SELF-WORTH.  ASSURES AN INCREASE IN FLOCKS. RAVEN  - TRICKSTER, TEACHER, HOARDER. SEAL  - FAMILY ORIENTED.  POSSESSES POWER IN NUMBERS. SHEEP    -   CHARITY,   ELEGANCE,   PASSION.      BEST   AT   THE   ARTS.      TALENTS   BRING RICHES. SKUNK  - WARY, CONSPICUOUS, INTENSE. SNAKE  - TRANSMUTATION.  LIFE, DEATH, REBIRTH. SPIDER  - CREATIVE PATTERN OF LIFE. SQUIRREL  - NATURAL INTELLIGENCE.  SAVER.  PROTECTS RESERVES. TURKEY  - SMART, ELUSIVE, FESTIVE. TURTLE     -    LONGEVITY,    FERTILITY.        SYMBOL    OF    MOTHER    EARTH,    HOME    AND RELIABILITY. WOLF    -   TEACHER,   FAMILY   ORIENTED,   WARM.      DEEPLY   SPIRITUAL.      PATHFINDER   ON JOURNEY OF SURVIVAL. “ EAST
Oldest House Indian Shop Barrio De Analco Historic District 215 E. De Vargas St. Santa Fe. NM  87501 505-988-2488 inquiry@oldesthouseindianshop.com Open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm every day Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Timeless Treasures
…where the past lives on…
Jewelry
Kachinas
Pottery
Gifts
Flutes
Fetishes
Arts &Crafts
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