Meaning of Native American Fetishes
According to ancient Native American Indian beliefs, stone animal fetishes were thought to be a source of aid to a particular person, family or tribe in a time of need. The shape of carved stone animal fetishes often determined the kind of aid a fetish would provide.
The Six Guardian Fetishes of the Isleta Pueblo
The Isleta Pueblo Indians have six Guardian Fetishes who were commanded by the Great Spirit to protect their people. Each Guardian Fetish’s power was to be taught by one of the clans. These same animal fetishes have similar associations and powers among other Pueblo peoples.
Stone Animal Fetish
Leads from the North
Guides from the West
Comes from the South
Ventures from the East
Covers from the sky
Brings up to the earth’s surface
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Common Meanings of Carved Stone Animal Fetishes
There are countless other carved stone animal fetishes, and their specific powers and associations vary among Pueblo peoples. The majority of these Native American fetishes take the shape of animals of prey who are revered among Native Americans for their strong hearts and for being powerful providers among their own kind:
- Badger: Aggressive and persistent, a healer. Badger is the Zuni protector of the South, associated with red.
- Cornmaiden: Bringer of life, represents potential
- Deer: Gentleness
- Frog: Bringer of rain, fertility and abundance
- Hummingbird: Messenger, stopper of time
- Lizard: Agile, good at conversation
- Owl: Protector of the home, has true wisdom and sees what others cannot
- Parrot: Symbol of the sun; its colorful plumage is reminiscent of the rainbow
- Snake: Represents life, death and rebirth
Carved Stone Animal Fetishes at Palms Trading Company
Palms Trading Company carries an excellent selection of Native American Indian carved stone fetishes from the Zuni, Isleta, and Navajo Pueblos. These fetishes are hand-carved from various gemstones or animal antlers. We buy each fetish directly from the artist, so it is guaranteed authentic Native American Indian art.