To begin talking about Native American fetish necklaces, first a little bit about fetishes.
A Native American fetish is a stone or shell carving and sometimes antler or wood, usually in the image of an animal.
Indian fetishes can be carried or displayed. Those that are carried are often called pocket fetishes.
Those that are displayed are called table fetishes.
Zuni artists are the traditional fetish carvers but there are many talented Navajo carvers as well.
To read more about fetishes, see my other blog posts:
Native American fetish necklaces are made with small fetishes that are drilled and strung like beads with fine shell, turquoise or jet heishi in between. Just like with pocket and table fetishes, fetish necklaces are made by both Navajo and Zuni artists.
AND BEWARE !! There are many NON- Native American fetish necklaces. They are usually made overseas and sold as Native American. BAD !!! Below is a slide show of 3 common imported, faux Native American necklaces. When we get items like this in an estate lot, we sell them in our Bargain Barn.
Like any Native American item, buy directly from the maker or from a trusted seller.
The animals can vary but often include birds, bears, horses, mountain lions, turtles, foxes, wolves and many others.
The stones and shells usually used include turquoise, mother of pearl, pink shell, acoma jet, serpentine, pipestone and many others.
Here are some more of my blog posts that relate to fetish necklaces:
What is a stacked necklace? More on Navajo and Zuni Fetish Necklaces