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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Frog TB04

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Saturday, 25 December 2010
Texas, United States
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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.

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.

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Dropped Off 01/25/2015 Binos93 placed it in Aloha TB Hotel Washington - 22.17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2015 Binos93 took it to Loving Every Minute Of It Washington - .17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2015 Binos93 took it to where the cows came home Washington - 39.25 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2015 Binos93 took it to It's Lunch Time Washington - 130.39 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2015 Binos93 took it to The new kid on the block British Columbia, Canada - 9.73 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2015 Binos93 took it to Animal Shelter British Columbia, Canada - 7.24 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2015 Binos93 took it to Container Yard British Columbia, Canada - .58 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2015 Binos93 took it to Dumping is Against the Law British Columbia, Canada - .6 miles  Visit Log
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