Black Marble Eagle set upon a carved black feather. The eyes are inlaid with turquoise.
Measures: ~ 4" long x 3-1/2" tall x 1" wide
Artist: Nelson Yatsattie, Zuni
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 eagle is believed to be the guardian fetish of the Upper region. It carries the power of intuition and creativeness, along with the powers of healing and spirit. The spirit transcends personal problems and symbolizes becoming one with the Greater Spirit. The eagle represents vision and higher truths.