Native American Stone Fetish Carvings
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The Zuni define their world in terms of directions with their home and village and its inhabitants at the center of the world. Therefore, they have six directions, the four cardinal directions (North, South, East West) and the Upper and Lower Dimensions.
Zuni Six Directions Animal Fetish carvings
Each region has its own guardian and often fetishes representing the six directions are placed in the home as a group or set.
Zuni Jet Mountain Lion Fetish Carving by Fabian Pino
The mountain lion represents the North.
Zuni Wolf Fetish Carving by Terrence and Jessica Martza
The wolf represents the East.
Zuni Badger Fetish Carving by Adrian Cachini
The badger represents the South.
Zuni Bear Fetish Carving by Emery Eriacho
The bear represents the West.
Zuni Mole Fetish Carving by Ephran Chavez
The mole represents the Lower Dimension or the Earth.
Navajo Eagle Fetish Carving by David Yazzie
The eagle represents the Upper Dimension or the Sky.
Some Zuni artists carve all six fetishes out of one piece of stone – this is a very rare Six Directions set.
Another approach is to carve one fetish, say the badger, larger and then to tie the other five fetishes, carved in a smaller scale, to the badger.
A more common group is a display of the six fetishes, all in the same scale, on a natural setting such as one made with rocks and wood.
Various animals represent certain powers.
- Mountain Lion – Leadership, Protection for Travelers and Success for Hunters
- Bear – Soul Strength, Power from Within, Introspection, Healing
- Badger – Aggressiveness, Perseverance
- Wolf – Teacher, Pathfinder, Clarity, Survival
- Eagle – Spirit, Vision, Truth, a link to the Great Spirit
- Mole – The Protector of the Underworld and Crops, Awareness, Introspection
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Zuni Stone Fetish Carving Native American