Zuni Corn Maiden (Malachite)

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This double sided corn maiden fetish is inlaid with turquoise, coral, and mother of pearl which plays nicely with the malachite.

Tribe: Zuni Material: Malachite Artist: Brian Yatsati
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Prized for their beauty and spiritual renewal, fetishes have long been an important part of Native American Culture. When a Fetish maker prays over his created work, a mystical power is believed to become released, assisting a person in finding a solution to their present problems. All Southwestern tribes make and use fetishes, however, the Zuni people have developed a reputation for being skillful carvers. Among the Zuni, fetishes offer good luck, protection, and hunting guidance from the inner spirit of each carved animal.