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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Magpie TB02

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Thursday, 01 November 2012
Texas, United States
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This travel bug was sent from the owner in Texas, USA, to a cacher in the UK, for release there.  The owner prefers it remain in the UK, if possible.  To extend longevity, please drop this item in a rural OR Premium Member Only cache.  Please do not drop it in an urban cache. It may be taken to and traded at a caching event, but do not abandon it there.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; this prevents tangling with other items.

Photos in the travel bug logs are appreciated.  I will be re-post them here, where they can be seen by other cachers.

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 magpie is not among these mystical animals, and furthermore, there are fetishes for sale of animals not native to the American west—zebras, elephants etc. 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 (48862.1mi) View Map

Mark Missing 10/05/2016 JMCz marked it as missing   Visit Log

This is an automated message. This Trackable has been marked 'missing' by a cache owner or site administrator. Trackables are marked missing when it is determined that they are no longer located in the cache they are listed in or in the hands of the current holder. Review the most recent logs on this Trackable to learn more information about its current state.

Dropped Off 07/26/2016 Mtlowe12 placed it in FLY IT PORT A TB HOTEL Texas - 1,334.47 miles  Visit Log

Port A

Retrieve It from a Cache 07/26/2016 Mtlowe12 retrieved it from A dogs trail Texas   Visit Log

The bird made it to Port Aransas TX

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Dropped Off 07/14/2016 fishingkitty placed it in A dogs trail Texas - 28.79 miles  Visit Log

Dropped in A dogs trail

Grab It (Not from a Cache) 07/03/2016 fishingkitty grabbed it   Visit Log

will move on

Dropped Off 06/30/2016 gonefishing2 placed it in Geocachers Welcome Texas   Visit Log
Grab It (Not from a Cache) 06/30/2016 gonefishing2 grabbed it   Visit Log

Not sure why this one was marked missing. It was in Geocachers Welcome.

Mark Missing 06/09/2015 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 02/05/2014 gonefishing2 placed it in Geocachers Welcome Texas - 314.05 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/25/2014 gonefishing2 took it to RJ's Pulga M1 Cache Mexico - 359.6 miles  Visit Log
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