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Travel Bug Dog Tag Fetish-Frog TB06b

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Friday, 20 March 2015
Texas, United States
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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


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 (2346.3mi) View Map

Mark Missing 07/28/2017 shellbadger marked it as missing   Visit Log

The owner has set this Trackable as missing.

Write note 07/28/2017 AZ Borrowers posted a note for it   Visit Log

Sorry to report that your TB was no longer in our cache when we checked it this morning.

Discovered It 07/22/2017 buckwild101 discovered it   Visit Log

Just started geocaching this weekend so fun . found your bug great condition and will continue to travel😁

Discovered It 06/17/2017 LoveShackDuo discovered it   Visit Log

In good shape. Hope it goes a long way.

Discovered It 06/02/2017 ILuvAZ discovered it   Visit Log


Discovered It 06/01/2017 kappafi discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered in GC74GQY TBH.

Dropped Off 05/28/2017 AZ Borrowers placed it in TBH Arizona - 760.53 miles  Visit Log

Visiting the White Mountains of northern Arizona

Retrieve It from a Cache 05/17/2017 AZ Borrowers retrieved it from Travel Bug Hilton Texas   Visit Log

Come travel with us

Visited 05/16/2017 AZ Borrowers took it to Cache Envy Texas - 18.77 miles  Visit Log
Dropped Off 04/30/2017 Beachcombers2 placed it in Travel Bug Hilton Texas - 7.19 miles  Visit Log
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