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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Mole TB02

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Texas, United States
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In TB-Hotel Ohrnberg

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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.

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 (8521.9mi) View Map

Discovered It 7/9/2018 Mr.Jones&H discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Saw it at the Hotel today...I believe it was only a picture of the carving...not the real thing? Like the story ;-)

Discovered It 6/3/2018 Le-go-mez discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Seen in a nice TB-Hotel.

Discovered It 6/2/2018 Misiek8520 discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log


Discovered It 5/21/2018 georgrd discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Fetish-Mole could be discovered in the TB-Hotel Ohrnberg.

Discovered It 5/21/2018 Hermine74 discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Im TB Hotel in Ohrnberg gesehen. Gute Reise.

Discovered It 5/13/2018 Buubb discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Bei der Überprüfung des "TB-Hotel Ohrnberg" gesehen Danke

Discovered It 5/13/2018 Kurbeldr.eher discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Im TB Hotel Ohrnberg gesehen Danke

Discovered It 5/6/2018 Team Schneck discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Heute auf meiner Runde gesehen.

Gruß Team Schneck

Discovered It 5/5/2018 andi18 discovered it Baden-Württemberg, Germany   Visit Log

Gesehen in TB-Hotel Ohrnberg
Gute Reise

Dropped Off 5/1/2018 Dunja2006 placed it in TB-Hotel Ohrnberg Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 1.29 miles  Visit Log
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