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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Corn Maiden TB02

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In TB-hotell E18 / 204

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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, 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


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 (41774.6mi) View Map

Discovered It 7/6/2018 Björkarna7 discovered it Örebro, Sweden   Visit Log

Såg den i TB-hotell E18/204.

Dropped Off 6/11/2018 Torilogarne placed it in TB-hotell E18 / 204 Örebro, Sweden - 3.82 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/10/2018 Torilogarne took it to CE13: Letstigen #1 Örebro, Sweden - 118.78 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/10/2018 Torilogarne took it to ValboPuzzel Gävleborg, Sweden - 47.44 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/6/2018 Torilogarne took it to Petroleum Tango #267 Uppsala, Sweden - 11.76 miles  Visit Log
Visited 6/5/2018 Torilogarne took it to Gubbo 7 Uppsala, Sweden - 297.59 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 6/4/2018 Torilogarne retrieved it from Flesberg viewpoint Buskerud, Norway   Visit Log

We found this one in "Flesberg viewpoint". Now it will travel with us to another cache.

Dropped Off 10/21/2017 pjacklam placed it in Flesberg viewpoint Buskerud, Norway - 127.17 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 9/17/2017 skogmar discovered it   Visit Log

Mark Missing 8/10/2017 Roy_Lango_og_Hjerte marked it as missing   Visit Log

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