This Native American fetish, a Zuni Bighorn Sheep fetish is a game fetish, intended to increase the availability of game, while the other hunting fetishes were then used to catch them. Modern tools have made these Zuni fetishes more common as delicate features such as horns can now be carved. These Native American carvings are very popular. Zuni Fetishes are small carvings made from various materials such as bone, shells and gemstones by the Zuni people. These carvings traditionally serve a ceremonial purpose for their creators and depict animals and icons integral to their culture. Each animal has great significance and meaning, many with protective abilities or healing powers.
Zuni Bighorn Sheep Game Fetish | Joe Wilcox Indian Den
Sheep are believed to be the leader of animals, guidance, and leadership. About the Carver:. He is known for his black marble sheep with a white marble face or white marble sheep with a black marble face. Tim is also known for carving his Fetishes in pairs and multiples, binding them together reminding us that love transcends us all.
If you have a collection of Zuni fetishes including sheep or a ram you may be curious what it means. A sheep, mountain goat, big horned sheep or ram is used to increase the size of a herd. These also represent a sense of self-worth.