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Zuni Animal Fetishes and their Spiritual Properties

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This article looks at Zuni Animal Fetishes and their spiritual properties. We have been trading with Zuni artists for over 30 years. Our Wilde Ones’ team has lots of knowledge about Native American artifacts which they love to share. So here we offer a brief but rich overview of Zuni Fetishes. Also, if you have any questions or comments; comment below or contact us here and we’ll get back to you.

I could lose a day browsing Zuni Fetishes…

Here is a very Brief Zuni Fetish History

Zuni artists have been carving Animal Fetishes since ancient times: They believe that each animal fetish is filled with shamanic power specific to its breed. To the Native American, animals are great teachers as well as a natural source of power and wisdom.  In fact you can find out more about the history of Zuni Fetishes on the dedicated Wiki page.

But Who/What is Zuni?

The Zuni are a tribe of Native Americans that can be tracked back at least 4000 years.  They live in the Zuni river valley in Western New Mexico. In particular, the Zuni tribe are notable for their amazing crafts. They hand craft Jewellery, pottery and trinkets. (You can also buy authentic Zuni crafts from our Zuni store here). Most notably, the Zuni tribe craft  Spirit Animal Fetishes, each with there own spiritual properties.

zuni fetish wolf
A howling wolf fetish

Interesting! But I am sure a Fetish is Something… intimate?

The word ‘Fetish’ does normally have a sexual meaning. However, there is also a spiritual meaning. In fact, this dates back a long… long time. Here’s what the dictionary has to say: ‘an inanimate object worshipped for its magical powers and/or because it is inhabited by a spirit’. 

But what Materials make a Zuni Fetish?

So Zuni Fetishes are made with many different materials. With the most popular being Turquoise. For example; the Zuni Fetishes we sell use materials like; Jet, Mother of Pearl,  Jade, Catlinite, Malachite and Onyx.  This means they are easy to carve and durable. In fact Native Americans will carry the Fetish with them as a spirit guide. Hence why they need to handle some wear and tear. 
Find out more about minerals and their properties in our blog here.

zuni fetish polar bears
A Polar Bear family… the cubs are so cute!

So how do I use a Zuni Fetishes in my life?

Each of us can have one or several spirit animals! In fact we often come across them by chance, repeat encounters and dreams. Also you can use divination tools such as Medicine Cards to guide you. After you have chosen your spirit friend, or rather, once it has chosen you: clean it with sacred herbs such as White Sage or Palo Santo. Then keep it in your home or in a travel pouch, depending on your lifestyle. Besides, Zuni Fetishes do like company so keep adding to your crew!

Here is Our Zuni Fetish Characteristics Guide:

ARMADILLO:

  • protection
  • self-empowerment
  • independence
  • self-discipline

BADGER:

  • organiser
  • action
  • independence
  • decision-making

BAT:

  • new beginnings
  • open-mindedness
  • objectivity
  • meditation

BEAR:

  • self-healing
  • intuition
  • fearlessness
  • protection

BEAVER:

  • builder
  • family
  • creativity
  • relationships

BUFFALO:

  • provider
  • spirituality
  • abundance
  • protection

BUTTERFLY:

  • transformation
  • beauty
  • luck
  • dreams

COYOTE:

  • trickster
  • laughter
  • humour
  • teacher

DEER:

  • gentleness
  • alertness
  • new beginnings
  • timing

DRAGONFLY:

  • seeing through illusions
  • travel
  • meditation
  • higher truths

EAGLE:

  • spirituality
  • understanding truth
  • abundance
  • strength
  • objectivity

ELK:

  • strength
  • stamina
  • dreams
  • protection

FISH:

  • adaptability
  • wisdom
  • intuition
  • travel

FOX:

  • cleverness
  • adaptability
  • intellect
  • wit

FROG:

  • cleansing
  • protection
  • creativity
  • prosperity

HORSE:

  • power
  • success
  • strength
  • travel

HUMMINGBIRD:

  • speed
  • joy
  • sex
  • strength
  • energy

LIZARD:

  • dreaming
  • travel
  • adaptability
  • awareness

MOLE (SHREW):

  • grounding
  • realising goals
  • foresight
  • guardianship

MOUNTAIN LION:

  • leader
  • travellers’ protector
  • healing
  • recovery

OTTER:

  • efficiency
  • playfulness
  • intuition
  • power

OWL:

  • wisdom
  • protection
  • creativity
  • children

RABBIT (HARE):

  • overcoming fears
  • good luck
  • agility
  • creativity

RACCOON:

  • generosity
  • protection
  • lovable rogue
  • resourcefulness
  • versatility

RAM:

  • sensuality
  • enjoyment of life goals
  • living on the edge

RAVEN:

  • magic
  • communication
  • wisdom
  • invisibility

SNAKE:

  • transmutation
  • new beginnings
  • travel
  • healing

SPIDER:

  • dream weaver
  • wisdom
  • independence
  • harmony

TURTLE:

  • independence
  • mother earth
  • longevity
  • perseverance

WOLF:

  • path finder
  • decision-maker
  • communicator
  • organiser

Finally; Some of our Favourite Zuni Fetishes 

Bear Fetish

Zuni fetish bear
Zuni Bear Fetish

Ram Fetish

Zuni fetish ram
Zuni Ram Fetish

Horse Fetish

Zuni fetish horse
Zuni Horse Fetish

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