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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Frog TB02b

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Thursday, 05 April 2012
Texas, United States
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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.

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, and probably many more. This one is carved from fossil ivory. 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. According to Zuni tradition, the frog is the provider of rain during droughts.

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Tracking History (7331.2mi) View Map

Discovered It 11/12/2015 estrek discovered it   Visit Log

Found this on my phone. Don't know the date. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Missing 05/26/2015 PrincessBTigress marked it as missing   Visit Log

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Discovered It 01/16/2015 MooseTag discovered it   Visit Log

I like to stockpile my trackables that I've discovered and just do them all at once using to save time. If for some reason I accidentally logged these more than once, or have logged them in the past (especially vehicles) then feel free to delete this log. Thank you for sharing these trackables, I'm sure many have been moved since I have discovered them at recent events or in TB hotels.

Dropped Off 01/13/2015 rap1996 placed it in Memories Tennessee - 216.28 miles  Visit Log
Grab It (Not from a Cache) 12/28/2014 rap1996 grabbed it   Visit Log

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Visited 12/26/2014 MorWoods took it to Geocache of Love #1 - Jog-walk out of danger! Tennessee - 672.01 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 12/26/2014 98x discovered it   Visit Log

I saw this one at an event hosted by Memfis Mafia in Shreveport, Louisiana. Thanks for sharing.

Retrieve It from a Cache 12/23/2014 MorWoods retrieved it from Super Quick TB Exchange 4: Mafia Tour (TX) Texas   Visit Log

We picked this one up where it didn't want to be, but we'll try to get it back on track and into a rural cache for a brief rest before continuing his travels. Bon voyage!

Discovered It 12/21/2014 teamdjpizza discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered at the Super Quick TB Exchange 5: Mafia Tour (LA) Thanks for sharing!

Discovered It 12/21/2014 SC11 discovered it   Visit Log

discovered this one at the Super Quick TB Exchange 5: Mafia Tour (LA). Thanks for sharing!!

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