This Bear is carved out of Fossilized Walrus Tusk. The inlaid eyes are made out of turquoise; the bear is accented with a coral and heishi bead collar. Measures: 2-5/8" tall x - 1-1/2" wide x 3/4" deep Artist: Brian Yatsattie
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 bear is the Guardian of the West. It is associated with great strength, power, healing and self-knowledge. He is the great protector, the "sacred bear". He is a spiritual guide and also carries within him supernatural powers. All bear fetishes are powerful but the white bear is the most powerful medicine bear..