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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Frog TB07b

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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Texas, United States
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In the hands of Die_Pauker.

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

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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.

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 (12793.4mi) View Map

Visited 1/1/2018 Die_Pauker took it to Ihlow-5 - Freizeitanlage Niedersachsen, Germany - 143.7 miles  Visit Log
Grab It (Not from a Cache) 1/1/2018 Die_Pauker grabbed it   Visit Log

Tut mir wahnsinnig Leid, der hat den Stammtisch in Gifhorn nie erreicht. Aber nun geht die Reise weiter...

Mark Missing 4/27/2017 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 3/27/2017 Die_Pauker placed it in 11. Gifhorner GC- Stammtisch Niedersachsen, Germany - 128.8 miles  Visit Log
Visited 12/27/2016 Die_Pauker took it to Bruder Straubinger Bayern, Germany - 257.14 miles  Visit Log
Visited 11/19/2016 Die_Pauker took it to Professor Helix und das verschwundene Fossil Berlin, Germany - 109.83 miles  Visit Log
Visited 11/19/2016 Die_Pauker took it to Mündungen der Jade, Weser und Elbe Berlin, Germany - 108.49 miles  Visit Log
Visited 11/5/2016 Die_Pauker took it to 29. GC-Treffen am Drömling Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany - 23.71 miles  Visit Log
Visited 11/4/2016 Die_Pauker took it to In und um Frellstedt# 2 – Rote Mühle Niedersachsen, Germany - 148.54 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/30/2016 Die_Pauker took it to Kugelbake Niedersachsen, Germany - 2.15 miles  Visit Log
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