Serpentine Coyote by Bernard Luwakete

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This fetish is carved in serpentine with eyes and the heartline in inlaid turquoise. The medicine pack on the back is made out of turquoise nuggets and heishi beads. Measures: ~ 2-1/2" tall x 3-1/2" long x 5/8" wide Artist: Bernard Luwakete
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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 Zunis, fetishes offer good luck, protection, and hunting guidance from the inner spirit of each carved animal.

The Coyote is respected for his knowledge and survival skills if not for his actions. The master trickster who often tricks himself. He represents humor and the ability to laugh at one's own mistakes.