Native American Fetishes

Native American Fetishes

by Kay Whittle


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Native American Fetishes. Kay Whittle. When is a fetish not a fetish? Find out in this celebration of the most misunderstood genre of Southwestern Indian carvings. From Beast Gods to Directional Guardian Spirits, this book explores the magic and mystery behind the charismatic, mostly stone, animal figures or fetishes skillfully carved by artists from the Southwestern Pueblos. Enthusiasts will delight in the hundreds of full-color photographs. Pictures and text highlight the impressive variety of forms, materials, and traditional and contemporary styles available to collectors. This book discusses the symbolic meanings associated with these figures and explains how they are "borrowed" for use by members of non-Native American cultures. A price guide is included to help collectors orient themselves to current market values.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764304293
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/01/1998
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Fetishes in the Old and New Age13
Chapter 2Carvers and Carving21
Chapter 3Fetish Features27
Chapter 4Animal Guardians of the Six Directions34
Chapter 5Hunting Fetishes: Prey Gods of the Hunt38
Chapter 6Paw-Footed Beings47
Chapter 7Winged Beings87
Chapter 8Horned and Hoofed Beings106
Chapter 9Cold-blooded Beings117
Chapter 10Marine Beings131
Chapter 11Human Beings135
Chapter 12Fetish Necklaces142
Annotated Bibliography151
Appendix ANative American Fetish Carvers153
Appendix BMap of the Pueblos156

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