In the Northwest portion of New Mexico a people called the Shiwi created detailed animal carvings that became known as Zuni Fetishes. These beautiful bits of Zuni art are far more than nick-knacks, however. They represent a part of a relatively untouched culture with strong spiritual beliefs. By definition a Fetish is any object that people believe houses a powerful spirit, or in itself has some type of mystical, magical influence. A Fetish carver looks to a stone or crystal seeking the animal spirit that lives inside. The Zuni tribesman or woman would then carve that animal giving it a kind of life and power for those that carried them.
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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. Lakota Pipestone Buffalo Fetish — makes a great pocket fetish because of its smooth surface and sturdy construction. Zuni artists are the traditional fetish carvers but there are many talented Navajo carvers as well.