Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Frog TB06b

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Released:
Friday, March 20, 2015
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In the hands of AZ Borrowers.

This is not collectible.

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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 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

frog06

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.

My collection has more frogs than any other animal but it is not because I have any special attachment to them. Many carvers produce frogs, but my fetishes are almost exclusively from the Laate family. They are carved from unusual materials and fixed in unusual poses.

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Tracking History (1585.8mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 5/17/2017 AZ Borrowers retrieved it from Travel Bug Hilton Texas   Visit Log

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Visited 5/16/2017 AZ Borrowers took it to Cache Envy Texas - 18.77 miles  Visit Log
Dropped Off 4/30/2017 Beachcombers2 placed it in Travel Bug Hilton Texas - 7.19 miles  Visit Log
Visited 4/30/2017 Beachcombers2 took it to TBM - The Common Blue Meanies Texas - 1.7 miles  Visit Log
Visited 4/30/2017 Beachcombers2 took it to Zzzz... Texas - 1.18 miles  Visit Log
Visited 4/30/2017 Beachcombers2 took it to Oops!...I did it again... Texas - 147.48 miles  Visit Log
Visited 4/27/2017 Beachcombers2 took it to Inched Out of Sight Texas - 31.17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 4/25/2017 Beachcombers2 took it to Neighborhood Parks Texas - .11 miles  Visit Log
Visited 4/25/2017 Beachcombers2 took it to Tree and Telephone Texas - .9 miles  Visit Log
Visited 4/25/2017 Beachcombers2 took it to Kendra's Cache-Triangulate This!-FTFC #27 Texas - .79 miles  Visit Log
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