Personal jewelry has been popular in the Southwest for hundreds of years. The archaeological record establishes that Zuni people have drilled and shaped strings of stones and shells for jewelry since at least AD. As Native American jewelry became popular in the last century, Zuni artists still used ancient techniques: beads were hand-drilled and fetishes hand-carved. Modern jewelry styles, like the fetish necklace, reference their earlier turquoise pendant and shell necklace predecessors.
Authentic Bear Zuni Fetishes - lecturestrollesques.com
This necklace is a southwestern design made out of synthetic blocks and different kinds of natural stones, such as marble stone, black stone, red salmon stone and white fossil stone. The necklace has a black stone Zuni bear pendant and mixed animal fetishes around the neckline. The neckline is made of 4 - 5 mm black pen shell heishi beads. The total length of this necklace is approximately 30 to 32 inches. Skip to main content. Image Unavailable Image not available for Color:.
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Zuni fetishes are small carvings made from primarily stone but also shell, fossils, and other materials by the Zuni people. Within the Zuni community, these carvings serve ceremonial purposes 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. Prior to the establishment of a non-Native market for fetishes, Hopi , Navajo , and other Pueblo peoples , especially at Kewa Pueblo also carved and used fetishes.