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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Beaver TB

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Friday, 24 December 2010
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. 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.

This is one of a series of travel bugs showing some of my favorite pieces. The characteristics of the fetish animals and their possible usefulness for the owner are the basis of their selection. For example the beaver represents a builder and family values. This is not a particularly good representation of a beaver--I think I bought this tiny piece because of the twig in the mouth.

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Tracking History (12122.3mi) View Map

Mark Missing 10/22/2015 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 06/05/2014 dr.piper placed it in Langwith Bridge Yorkshire, United Kingdom - 3,399.57 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 03/21/2014 dr.piper retrieved it from Keiki S Golden Ammo Can New York   Visit Log

Found with another travel bug which was left in the Ammo Can, will drop this off sometime early this week!

Dropped Off 11/07/2013 3mugsofIPA placed it in Keiki S Golden Ammo Can New York - 1,095.76 miles  Visit Log
Grab It (Not from a Cache) 10/26/2013 3mugsofIPA grabbed it   Visit Log

Taking him to upstate NY at the beginning of the month.

Retrieve It from a Cache 10/05/2013 Harmony25 retrieved it from The Night Stalker Florida   Visit Log

Ack.. so sorry.. forgot to log this when we were out night caching.. Will move along soon.. going to give it to 3MugsofIPA to take up to New York in a week to send him on another journey.

Dropped Off 09/22/2013 Marlinspikette placed it in The Night Stalker Florida - .97 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 09/22/2013 karstexplorer discovered it   Visit Log

Found in hands of MarlinSpikette. Hopeful that the fetish has a much better look and feel.

Visited 09/19/2013 Marlinspikette took it to FREE BIRD Florida - 7.12 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 09/08/2013 Marlinspikette retrieved it from Walsingham Ammo Florida   Visit Log

Found this TB in a really nice cache, the beaver was in a woodsy place with several lakes very near by, one would be perfect for making a beaver home in! Love the Zuni Fetish figurines and own several myself. My favorite ones of my collection is the snake and the ant eater, see picture!

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