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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Corn Maiden TB02

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Released:
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In Tunnel Cache

This is not collectible.

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Current GOAL

This trackable is unusual for its survivorship. In the years 2010 to the present, collections of 100 to 400 travel bugs have been annually released in the United States (95%) and Europe (5%). This travel bug is part of the mere three percent of the 2010-14 releases that had been dropped off at least 25 times and had been active for at least five years.  As of 8-Jan-19, this particular TB had been moved by 59 cachers and had had been in circulation for 5.8 years (2107 days) since first placed in a cache.

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, protects the number 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

cornmaiden

I have a small collection of fetish carvings. 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 corn maiden fetish, like most others, has its roots among the puebloans. The Pueblo Peoples are a diverse group of native inhabitants of New Mexico and Arizona who lived in compact communities of apartments. They traditionally subsisted on agriculture. Of the approximately 25 pueblos that exist today, Taos, Acoma, Zuni, and Hopi are the best-known. Corn is an essential crop for the Pueblo Indians, and is prominent in their sacred ceremonies.

In Pueblo stories, the corn maidens saved the people from famine by bringing them life-giving corn. The maidens were also connected to seasonal changes and to harvests. The corn maiden figures may be shaped like an ear of corn, or may be more human in appearance, but with a costume carved to resemble an ear of corn in front. Most have long, straight hair and a bit of adornment, such as a dot of turquoise or coral representing a necklace. Many of the figures wear robes or shawls with fringes on the bottom.

The robes sometimes have dragonfly (double-barred cross) symbols carved on the back. The faces of the corn maidens are usually quite stylized, with slits (or dots of turquoise) for eyes and circles for mouths. Some maiden figures have their long hair done up on the sides like a traditional Hopi twist. Some wear a tablita, a board-like, stepped headdress. Others carry ollas on their heads, sometimes filled with turquoise chips.

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Tracking History (44786.9mi) View Map

Discovered It 05/04/2019 mumot discovered it Bayern, Germany   Visit Log

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Dropped Off 01/08/2019 Team Nesco placed it in Tunnel Cache Bayern, Germany - 3.04 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/08/2019 Team Nesco took it to Die kleine Kapelle ... Bayern, Germany - 1.02 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/08/2019 Team Nesco took it to Voithenberghammer Bayern, Germany - 1.17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/08/2019 Team Nesco took it to Äpflet Ostwand Bayern, Germany - 207.38 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/07/2019 Team Nesco took it to Winter-Event auf Seelenberg 2019 Hessen, Germany - 228.07 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/07/2019 Team Nesco took it to Grenzcache / Hraniční keš Bayern, Germany - 16.97 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/07/2019 Team Nesco took it to Waldkapelle Bayern, Germany - 6.87 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/06/2019 Team Nesco took it to 23 Zum GLÜCK gibt´s Grafenwiesen Bayern, Germany - .13 miles  Visit Log
Visited 01/06/2019 Team Nesco took it to 24 Zum GLÜCK gibt´s Grafenwiesen Bayern, Germany - .14 miles  Visit Log
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