Zuni Animal Fetish Carvings

Zuni Animal Fetish Carvings

The Zuni Tribe, which resides in New Mexico, define their world in terms of directions from their home and village. Their village is known as the “Middle Place” at the center of the world. From their village radiate the six directions. There are the four cardinal directions: North, South, East, and West. The upper direction is the sky and the lower direction is in the Earth.  Traditionally citizens of the Zuni Tribe used small carvings of animal figures as power objects and mediators.  Today, Zuni carvers carve Zuni animal fetishes. The artists only carve when they are in a good mental place so that positive energy is part of the fetish. The body of the fetish can be shaped of bone, shell, clay, stone, glass or other materials. Some of the carvings have medicine bundles, which are an added blessing for the possessor.  Each animal represents a different direction. Often the Zuni will place a set of the six directional Zuni animal fetishes in their homes for protection.

Zuni Animal Fetish Carvings

Zuni Animal Fetish Carvings

The Zuni Tribe, which resides in New Mexico, define their world in terms of directions from their home and village. Their village is known as the “Middle Place” at the center of the world. From their village radiate the six directions. There are the four cardinal directions: North, South, East, and West. The upper direction is the sky and the lower direction is in the Earth.  Traditionally citizens of the Zuni Tribe used small carvings of animal figures as power objects and mediators.  Today, Zuni carvers carve Zuni animal fetishes. The artists only carve when they are in a good mental place so that positive energy is part of the fetish. The body of the fetish can be shaped of bone, shell, clay, stone, glass or other materials. Some of the carvings have medicine bundles, which are an added blessing for the possessor.  Each animal represents a different direction. Often the Zuni will place a set of the six directional Zuni animal fetishes in their homes for protection.