Zuni Fetishes Direct - Gallup, NM

ZUNI FETISHES DIRECT

your source for authentic Zuni fetishes since 1991 

Zuni Fetishes

Zuni Fetishes - King's Manassa Turquoise Corn Maiden by Claudia Peina
 

What is a Zuni Fetish?

 

Carefully shaped by Zuni artisans, fetishes are a physical embodiment of a living spirit. Traditionally, native peoples of the Southwest created carvings to represent the totem animals of the Six Cardinal Directions (the pivotal points of nature). By taking thoughtful care of the fetish, in return, the spirit imbues its keeper with guidance.


Today, fetishes are fashioned after a diverse selection of animals and spirits; each with their own meanings, strengths, and weaknesses. These sculptures are made from a variety of materials, mostly stone and mineral, but organic mediums are also used, such as tagua nut and antler.

Zuni Fetishes - Turquoise Ram by Derrick Kaamasee
 
 

FETISHES OF THE SIX DIRECTIONS

EAST  Wolf


SOUTH  Badger


WEST Black Bear


NORTH  Mountain Lion


SKY  Eagle


UNDERWORLD  Mole


SYMBOLISM OF ZUNI FETISHES

Heartline

Gives the spirit breath and life


Offering Bundle

Offering to the universe


Cornmeal

Feeds the spirit


Fetish Pot

A fetish’s home