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Zuni Fetishes
and
Their Characteristics

Armadillo

 

Variety in one’s inner life, thick-skinned, gentle, slow-moving, reserved

Badger

 

The ability to reach a desired goal, single-mindedness, control

Bear

 

Strength, inner power to perceive ones present circumstances, healing

Beaver

 

Progressive builder, one who promotes family unity

Buffalo

 

Steadfast endurance to rise above one’s weakness

Coyote

 

The ability to laugh at oneself, humor, crazy wisdom

Deer

 

Ability to sacrifice for higher good, moderation, gratitude and giving

Eagle

 

Transcends personal problems.  Dignity, intuitiveness.

Fox

 

Camouflage, protection

Frog

 

Petitions the spirits to bring forth abundant rain

Horse

 

One of only two fetishes that have innate healing powers

Mole

 

Connection with energies of the earth, Introspection, sensitivity to touch and vibration

Mountain Lion

 

Leadership, resourcefulness

Owl

 

Magical transformation, link between unseen world and world of light, comfort with the shadow self

Rabbit

 

Playful trickster, paradox and contradiction, guile, crazy wisdom

Ram

 

Used to procure an increase of herds

Raven

 

Transformational powers, guidance for deeper understanding of the shadow self, courage and comfort with the darkness

Snake

 

A powerful fetish symbolizing life, death and rebirth; elusiveness

Turtle

 

Long, meaningful life

Wolf

 

Teacher, path finder on the never ending journey for survival, loyalty.