Click here to view our Zuni Fetish Items. Fetishes have been used by Indians since pre-Columbian times. In archaeological excavations, stones have been found that resemble certain animals and many had added adornments such as shells and stones wrapped by fiber or sinew. Fetishes dating back to A. Native Americans have long carried interesting or unusual "charm stones" believing they bring luck, power or protection. A fetish is an object, natural or shaped by man, in which an animal spirit is thought to reside.
American Indians have used fetishes throughout recorded history. Fetishes are believed to hold magical powers and protect the owner or craftsmen from various problems of mind or body. Some believe that their mystical powers can even protect against problems of the universe. It is also believed that the care a fetish receives is directly proportional to the protection it will provide. Indians believe that fetishes must be properly cared for.
Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by the Zuni people. These carvings have traditionally served a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. As a form of contemporary Native American art , they are sold with secular intentions to collectors worldwide.