Buffalo Fetish in Zuni Stone

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The Buffalo is carved out of Zuni Stone also known as Travertine, which is a non-crystalline, porous rock found on the Zuni reservation. This Buffalo has turquoise horns and hoofs. The inlay on the back is made out of coral, turquoise and onyx. Measures: ~ 2-1/4" tall x 2-3/4" long x 1-1/2" deep Artist: Enrike Leekya
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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.

It is said the Buffalo represents prophesy and fulfillment of powers. Buffalo also represents a steadfast endurance to rise above one's weaknesses..