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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Frog TB07

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Saturday, 25 December 2010
Texas, United States
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This bug disappeared from an active cache after 5 drops and 119 days of freedom.

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.

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. This is the first frog I bought--the roadkill pose made me laugh when I saw it.

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Tracking History (264.4mi) View Map

Mark Missing 08/27/2011 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Write note 07/09/2011 2kings&3boys posted a note for it   Visit Log

Checked cahce and TB is missing.

Dropped Off 04/25/2011 Woodnhead placed it in Downtown; Center City Trackable Hotel Texas - 106.6 miles  Visit Log

Dropped in Downtown; Center City Trackable Hotel

Retrieve It from a Cache 04/23/2011 Woodnhead retrieved it from The Unique & Classic Spartan Texas   Visit Log

Will relocate...

Dropped Off 04/03/2011 kvannoy placed it in The Unique & Classic Spartan Texas   Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 03/30/2011 kvannoy retrieved it from Ballyhoo Texas   Visit Log

Moving to an active cache

Dropped Off 03/17/2011 kvannoy placed it in Ballyhoo Texas - 21.19 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 03/15/2011 kvannoy retrieved it from Legacy (Travel Bug Hotel) Oklahoma   Visit Log

My boys grabbed this during Spring Break! Will keep traveling!

  • Frog Fetish Teenaged son grabbed this TB - will place in cache asap!  Thanks for the fun!
Dropped Off 02/21/2011 selfservice placed it in Legacy (Travel Bug Hotel) Oklahoma - 136.57 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 01/24/2011 selfservice retrieved it from Patriot TB Hotel Texas   Visit Log

Found while dropping off another; will take another direction and leave for someone else.

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