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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Turtle TB01

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Saturday, 25 December 2010
Texas, United States
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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, fossil ivory and probably many more. 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.

According to Zuni tradition there are guardian animals of the six directions; these were used in kiva rites. Zunis also believe that animals, as well as inanimate objects and the forces of nature, have a spirit force, which can either help or hurt man. It is believed that the carved animal fetishes host that spiritual force and, if treated properly, will help their owners to overcome the problems facing them. The turtle represent longevity.

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Tracking History (7808mi) View Map

Mark Missing 06/29/2014 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 01/11/2014 Extreme Mom placed it in Signal Hill Arkansas - 1,372.87 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 12/28/2013 Extreme Mom retrieved it from Moon over Roatan Honduras   Visit Log

Back to the USA after some fun in the sun.

Dropped Off 11/17/2013 Kabools placed it in Moon over Roatan Honduras - 2,009.56 miles  Visit Log
  • On a beach in Roatan, Honduras
Retrieve It from a Cache 09/21/2013 Kabools retrieved it from Dooley Tree Minnesota   Visit Log

Grabbed the Fetish-Turtle. Will place in another cache soon.

Dropped Off 09/21/2013 Ray_Gun placed it in Dooley Tree Minnesota - 7.86 miles  Visit Log

Seems like a nice temporary home for a turtle.

Visited 09/21/2013 Ray_Gun took it to Where'd You Put It? Minnesota - 8.5 miles  Visit Log

Visited Where'd You Put It? (GC3GV1K)

Visited 09/21/2013 Ray_Gun took it to Big Willow 12 Minnesota - .2 miles  Visit Log

Visited Big Willow 12 (GC2E20F)

Visited 09/21/2013 Ray_Gun took it to Big Willow Too Minnesota - 1.47 miles  Visit Log

Visited Big Willow Too (GCBC56)

Visited 09/21/2013 Ray_Gun took it to Creekish View Minnesota - 12.43 miles  Visit Log

Visited Creekish View (GC343E1)

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