Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Mole TB02

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Owner:
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Released:
Friday, March 20, 2015
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In the hands of glenn.fish.

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About This Item

mole

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.

According to Zuni tradition there are guardian animals of the six directions; these were used in kiva rites. The mole is the guardian from below (the underground). It is perhaps a mystery how the mole became so important to the puebloan peoples of the American southwest, since moles only occur in the east and northwestern parts of the continent. But then again, many of the southwester tribes trace their orgins to Ice Age peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

Some fetishes will have an inlaid turquoise or coral "heartline" extending from the mouth to the center of the body. One of the possible explanations for this heartline is that it represents a time in Zuni mythology when animals totally dominated man. The Great Spirit sent a bolt of lightning that turned all man-eating animals into stone. The lightning is represented in the stone fetish by an inlaid or painted line.

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Tracking History (3277.5mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 5/23/2017 glenn.fish retrieved it from Blue Alaska   Visit Log

Will move this along.

Dropped Off 11/12/2016 alaskatim placed it in Blue Alaska - 2,854.71 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 11/12/2016 alaskatim retrieved it from Roots Alaska   Visit Log

I was worried about having a fetish mole, but the description has reassured me.

Discovered It 7/6/2015 Rock Chalk discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered in Roots. Thanks for sharing!

Dropped Off 5/22/2015 Ladybug Kids placed it in Roots Alaska - 2,890.12 miles  Visit Log
  • Enjoying the View of Ptarmigan, North & South Suicide Peaks in the Chugach Mountains.
  • View of Anchorage
Retrieve It from a Cache 5/14/2015 Ladybug Kids retrieved it from 180 Gail W (Borden Co, p 42 DeL) Texas   Visit Log

I grew up in southern Arizona and also have several Zuni pieces. Off to more adventures!

Dropped Off 3/26/2015 shellbadger placed it in 180 Gail W (Borden Co, p 42 DeL) Texas - 11.62 miles  Visit Log
Visited 3/26/2015 shellbadger took it to 180 Tobacco Creek (Borden Co, p 41 DeL) Texas - 9.04 miles  Visit Log
Visited 3/26/2015 shellbadger took it to 180 Key West (Dawson Co.) Texas - 14.21 miles  Visit Log
Visited 3/26/2015 shellbadger took it to 87 O'Donnell S (Dawson Co, p 41 DeL) Texas - 9.01 miles  Visit Log
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