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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Musk Ox TB

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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 muskox is not among these mystical animals, and furthermore, there are fetishes for sale of animals not native to the American west—zebras, elephants etc. The muskox occurs only on the arctic tundra of Alaska, Canada and Greenland. I believe these carvings represent an artist's natural inclination to test his/her limits, not to mention opening up a new market.

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Tracking History (9034.2mi) View Map

Mark Missing 05/21/2017 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 04/28/2016 Crab & Mussel placed it in Northwestern Garter Snake- An Island Spirit Legacy British Columbia, Canada - 24.19 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 04/13/2016 Crab & Mussel retrieved it from Shadow Dancer British Columbia, Canada   Visit Log

Will move ASAP. Thks.

Dropped Off 03/24/2016 Junglemouth1 placed it in Shadow Dancer British Columbia, Canada - 14.26 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 03/21/2016 Junglemouth1 retrieved it from CARBO DIEM British Columbia, Canada   Visit Log

got it back again--As it was not moving and I was in the area--I picked it up and will move it on soon--Junglemouth1

Dropped Off 02/06/2016 Junglemouth1 placed it in CARBO DIEM British Columbia, Canada - 14.87 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 02/05/2016 Junglemouth1 retrieved it from Kemp Lake British Columbia, Canada   Visit Log

will move it on soon--Junglemouth1

Visited 01/25/2016 banditz2012 took it to Glenairlie British Columbia, Canada - 16.8 miles  Visit Log

Visited Glenairlie

Dropped Off 01/23/2016 banditz2012 placed it in Kemp Lake British Columbia, Canada - 12.59 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/17/2016 banditz2012 took it to Sadie British Columbia, Canada - .91 miles  Visit Log
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