Today people buy Native American fetish carvings for various reasons.
Fetishes represent a way in which Native peoples use a symbolic piece of artwork to help them with life. Non-native American people have long looked to the ways of Native Americans for inspiration, wisdom and healing. Fetishes traditionally have been used to help Native peoples with hunting, farming, fertility, disease cures, and to keep away evil.
Stone carved fetishes are also worn as a pendant and as fetish necklaces. If you visit this page Animal Pendants you will see several stones fetishes. The medicine bear or fetish bear is a symbol of healing and good health. To read more click here to see about Fetish Animal Powers. To see Fetish Animal Necklaces.
Fetishes can be used to help one focus, meditate or to deal with grief and commemorate the loss of a loved one or being. Zuni and Navajo fetish carvings are are beautiful and are simply nice to look at and hold.
High quality fetishes carved by noted carvers are collectible and in some cases, a good investment.