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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Frog TB02

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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
Texas, United States
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Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Do not drop it in an urban cache or leave it behind at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; this prevents the chain and tag tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take this travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission needed to leave the U.S.

About This Item


I have a small collection of animal fetish carvings. This is one of a series of travel bugs showing some of my favorite pieces.

Fetishes are an animals or figures carved from natural materials-- stone, minerals, gems, shell, antler, wood, amber, coral, and probably many more. This one is carved from fossil ivory.  Most of mine are quite small, less than two inches in height or length. Most of my collection is from Zuni artisans (New Mexico), but I also have items from carvers in other western states, including Alaska.

The original fetishes were probably some items that just resembled something, a bird maybe, and mystical powers were often ascribed to it. Using primitive tools the distinguishing features were often embellished. Over centuries there became specialists in fetish carving and it eventually grew into an art form. Leekya Deyuse (a Zuni), made jewelry and fetishes in the 1920s and some of his fetish necklaces are now valued at more than $20,000. However, the average cost per piece in my collection is probably around $65. While many still believe in the power of fetishes, in the present time most them are for sale to tourists and collectors. If you doubt this, just go to the shops in Zuni (and elsewhere) and note the mass production using grinding wheels, belt sanders and Dremel tools.

My collection has more frogs than any other animal but it is not because I have any special attachment to them. Many carvers produce frogs, but my fetishes are almost exclusively from the Laate family. They are carved from unusual materials and fixed in unusual poses. According to Zuni tradition, the frog is the provider of rain during droughts.

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Tracking History (3076.3mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 10/04/2012 adjourn retrieved it from Deep doo-doo Michigan   Visit Log

Sure could have used some of the rain frogs H2o this summer. If I hold on too long it might turn into snow. Will head south with it shortly

  • Looking to meet new creatures.
Dropped Off 10/02/2012 tessandfriends placed it in Deep doo-doo Michigan - 233.54 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 09/30/2012 tessandfriends retrieved it from Round Camo Pennsylvania   Visit Log

Picked up this TB today on a drive from PA to MI. We'll drop it off soon. Is there supposed to be an actual carved frog or just a card???

Dropped Off 09/16/2012 TeamHoogy placed it in Round Camo Pennsylvania - 64.17 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 09/10/2012 TeamHoogy retrieved it from I-70 Westbound cache Ohio   Visit Log
Dropped Off 09/03/2012 barx3 placed it in I-70 Westbound cache Ohio - 72.64 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 09/02/2012 barx3 retrieved it from The Overlook Pennsylvania   Visit Log

Found at a beautiful overlook in WV. Will move along soon.

Dropped Off 08/26/2012 joewxboy placed it in The Overlook Pennsylvania - 418.96 miles  Visit Log
  • Placing the trackable in the cache
Retrieve It from a Cache 07/27/2012 joewxboy retrieved it from WSR Revisited Georgia   Visit Log

Picked it up. Will move to another cache shortly.

Dropped Off 07/13/2012 dancergang placed it in WSR Revisited Georgia - 9.96 miles  Visit Log
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