My friend is interested in a native indian amulet or “charm” for protection against evil and bad luck. Would these medicine bags be appropriate? I specificially like the Crazy Horse bag with the gemstones, however, I am not sure about their spiritual powers or purpose. Would you please be able to direct me to the proper item that I could buy for my friend.
Thank you. IJ
Every person has their own belief system when it comes to good spirits and good luck so it is not so important what is used, but what one believes. Picking up a special stone can do more to change one’s luck than purchasing a lottery ticket !!
With that said, you know your friend and his or her habits and propensity to ceremony and ritual. Here are some ideas.
The Crazy Horse bag is very nice.
I’d highly recommend any of the bags made by Apache artist, Cynthia Whitehawk as she makes each of her items in ceremony and with great attention to detail. They are filled with a wonderful spirit already ! She acknowledges that each of us tends to be drawn to certain animals, stones or other healing spirits, so she makes many bags and shares her thoughts on the protective and healing powers of each totem. That is indicated at the bottom of each page describing the bag.
Carved Zuni fetishes can also be very powerful talismans – many are suitable to carry in a pocket or purse making them handy to hold or rub.
Some of these fetishes are available as pendants so they can be worn on a chain or leather choker.
A cross might be the perfect answer.
For those who are looking for good luck, such as would come from a finding a four leaf clover, there are Authentic Lucky Horseshoes.
I hope I’ve given you some ideas to find the perfect item for your friend.
I hiked across the pastures yesterday taking advantage of the warm weather.
The snow has melted and revealed mole tracks on the top of the ground where the moles were busy tunneling under the snow.
The mole is one of the guardians of the six directions. The mole guards the lower regions of the earth.
Mole – The Protector of the Underworld and Crops, Awareness, Introspection
Someone asked me to get them some of these Zuni Fetish Bears by Everett Pino made from jet. Well. he made them but now I can’t find the email asking for them, so I hope that via this blog, Facebook or Twitter, you will see that I got them !! Just click the photo below and it will take you to the page with the jet bear choices.
I have a sterling animal fetish necklace that I would like to know more about it’s origin’s. There are 6 animals about 1/2 long each, hooked together, with a different colored stone in each one. On the back of each animal is a word associated with that animal spirit. A bear – healing,phoenix happiness, a fish – change, a dove – vision, a turtle – wisdom and a fox – swift. It is signed (initials can’t read) and marked ster. Any help? Jacquie
You have a very nice necklace here ! I’ve not seen one like it. Although it does have some similar characteristics to Native American jewelry, I doubt that it is. I’ve not seen a authentic Native American necklace with words on the back like this one. Because each piece is stamped Sterling, I’d guess it was from the late 70’s or early 80’s or later. Let me know if you can ever read the hallmark initials – that would be helpful.
Perhaps someone else reading this blog will have seen a necklace like this and will post some more information.
You said you’d “love to know what it is worth”. I don’t do appraisals from photos and with something like this, I’d say its worth whatever someone is willing to pay ! Because the fetishes are 1/2″ long, I am assuming this is not a very heavy necklace. But it is cute, unique and colorful ! Enjoy !
Paula, we have bird fetish necklace and earrings to go with it (3 sets). The birds appear to be hand craved and detailed. We have done some research but are unable to find another necklace like this one instead of colored beads between the birds there are silver beads. Just trying to find out who made it and if it is authentic. It is in excellent condition as it has been stored away for years. Thank for your help. Tom