Todd Westika Zuni Bison Fetish Petoskey Stone Turquoise Eyes Signed by Todd 2001. This listing is for an early Todd Westika Zuni Bison (or Buffalo as some will call it) fetish.
This fetish is carved in intricate detail following the hexagonal pattern of the beautiful Petoskey Stone native coral. Petoskey Stone is a rare and seldom seen material in fetish carving.
The Bison is a muscular beast, and that is all captured in this fetish. This will be be one of the most unique carvings in your fetish collection. This Zuni Bison fetish has been in the family collection since 2001. We a cquired it from Todd at the Zuni Pueblo.It can be an excellent start of your collection of Zuni fetishes, or be a unique beautiful addition to your already impressive collection. The rare Petoskey stone is guaranteed to make this one of the most coveted carvings in your fetish collection! Zuni fetishes are animal carvings that have been integral to the Zuni culture for thousands of years. The animal a fetish depicts represents that animal's "special medicine". Bison represents a steadfast endurance to rise above one's weaknesses to fulfill powers.
A fetish is the physical embodiment of a living spirit and believed to have a spirit as if it were alive. A person must be mindful and respect the spirit of the animal that the fetish signifies. The Zuni feel that it is the spirit within the fetish that is of value, not the object itself.The Zunis regard ceremonial fetishes in carefully directed manners; the fetish must be nurtured in ways that include offerings of cornmeal. It is believed that the care a fetish receives is proportional to the protection it provides. None of the strict Zuni guidelines apply to non-ceremonial fetishes as we offer here. Fetishes widely available for sale today are non-ceremonial, as they have not been blessed by a medicine man. We appreciate your business and thank you for trusting Outback Oz Opal.
Outback Oz Opal began as a two-Geologist family unit in the middle of a street in Coober Pedy, South Australia where we bought from a gem cutter some finished Opal stones and rough Opal to cut and sell in the US. We learned so much about grading and cutting from them. Ultimately one miner stored hundreds of pounds of his rough in a SeaLand container on our property to avoid the expense of returning with unsold goods to Australia. What a dream hobby for two Geologists! But, as is always the case, life happened - a great job opportunity for the Dad in another state and Military service for the Grandson, who had grown up in the business and cut his first Opal fetish when he was in Kindergarten.Thank you for your interest in our listings and for placing your trust in Outback Oz Opal. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American: US\1935-Now\Fetishes & Totems". The seller is "oznazopal" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.