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. They are given offerings of cornmeal and kept in special turquoise encrusted fetish pots or pouches.
Please enjoy surfing through our Native American Fetish Guide which is filled with information on many different fetish carvings, such as Zuni Fetishes , Navajo Fetishes, Hopi Fetishes, and more. You can learn about the meaning of different animal fetishes and other fetish figures such as Corn Maidens! Fetishes, charms, amulets, or simply good luck pieces, call them whatever you would like, but virtually every culture has them. Fetishes are small carvings made from various materials by many different Native American Tribes. These carvings serve a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture.
Native American Indians have used fetishes throughout recorded history. A fetish is an object believed to have magic powers. These, made by artists among the Zuni Indians of New Mexico all relate to animals and are carved in semi precious stones. Most always, these animals are animals of prey.