Native American Indians have used stone fetishes throughout recorded history; particularly those of the Southwest. These stone fetishes represent the spirits of animals or the forces of nature and are most often used in an effort to master the arbitrary and unpredictable forces beyond their control.
Fetishes may be of any form or material. Regardless of the form or material, however, a fetish has one paramount purpose: to assist man against any real or potential problems, which can be problems of the mind, body or even the universe.
Following is a list of several traditional and common fetishes, and their accompanying meanings.