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.
Zuni Horse Fetish made of Acoma Jet
Indian fetishes can be carried or displayed. Those that are carried are often called pocket fetishes.
Lakota Pipestone Buffalo Fetish – makes a great pocket fetish because of its smooth surface and sturdy construction.
Those that are displayed are called table fetishes.
Zuni Deer Fetish carved from Antler
Zuni artists are the traditional fetish carvers but there are many talented Navajo carvers as well.
Pig by Stanton Hannaweeke – Zuni
Bobcat by Navajo Herbert Davis
To read more about fetishes, see my other blog posts:
Native American Fetish Carvings – What are they used for?
Animal Fetish Powers
Types of Native American Fetishes
Serpentine used in Native American Fetish Carvings
Native American Terms – Fetish, Totem, Amulet, Talisman
How Do I Display Zuni Native American Fetish Carvings?
Native American Fetishes – Zuni Carving Families
The Power of Native American Fetish Carvings – Story of the Midnight Bear
Native American Stone Fetish Carvings – Six Directions
How Zuni Navajo Native American Fetishes Are Made
Vintage Fetish Necklace – origin unknown
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.
Navajo horse fetish necklace
The animals can vary but often include birds, bears, horses, mountain lions, turtles, foxes, wolves and many others.
Zuni fetish necklace with many animals
The stones and shells usually used include turquoise, mother of pearl, pink shell, acoma jet, serpentine, pipestone and many others.
Navajo Fetish Necklace
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
Are these Bird Fetish Necklaces Authentic Native American made?
44 Bird Fetish Necklace – is it Native American made?
Stacked Fetish Necklace – is it authentic Native American made?
Wanted – A Six Directions Fetish Necklace Set
Native American Fetish Necklace – Signed by Artist?
Native American Wearable Art – Stacked Fetish Necklace
Hector Goodluck Monument Valley Fetish Necklace
Native American Fetish Necklace – Mother or Grandmother Necklace
Bird Fetish Necklace from Goodwill