This buffalo is carved out of Elisa Turquoise. It has an inlaid Turquoise heart line and a medicine bundle. The bundle has brown and white shells, turquoise, and coral beads. On top of the buffalo, there is a white Mother of Pearl arrowhead facing forward which signifies protecting the fetish from obstacles in the future.
Measures: ~ 2-3/4" long x 1-3/4" tall x 1 " wide
Artist: Kenric Laiwakete
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.