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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Fish TB02

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Sunday, 08 April 2012
Texas, United States
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I have a small collection of animal fetish carvings. This is one of a series of travel bugs showing some of my favorite pieces. This fish is made of seashell.

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 fish is not among these mystical animals, and furthermore, there are fetishes for sale of animals not native to the American west—zebras 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 (34912.5mi) View Map

Mark Missing 06/29/2014 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Dropped Off 08/23/2013 kjrugger placed it in The East 80 South Dakota - 385.82 miles  Visit Log

Moving on!

Visited 08/16/2013 kjrugger took it to Wall on Walla Walla Kansas - 89.03 miles  Visit Log

Another Kansas visit

Visited 08/14/2013 kjrugger took it to Brook Creek Kansas - 1.77 miles  Visit Log

Another visit

Visited 08/13/2013 kjrugger took it to Pitches -- Red Dog Days Kansas - .92 miles  Visit Log

Just visiting

Retrieve It from a Cache 08/07/2013 kjrugger retrieved it from caratim Kansas   Visit Log

Will move on

Dropped Off 08/06/2013 Ezio10 placed it in caratim Kansas - 1,026.49 miles  Visit Log

Dropping this one and another TB off here.

Retrieve It from a Cache 06/25/2013 Ezio10 retrieved it from Rescue Me Virginia   Visit Log

Moving this along!

Discovered It 06/16/2013 Cam#1 discovered it   Visit Log

Saw this while hunting with dannobub.

Discovered It 06/16/2013 dannobub discovered it   Visit Log

Saw this neat TB in Rescue Me cache. Still swimming along!

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