Lizard Zuni Fetish Meaning
If you are a collector of Zuni fetishes you may have a lizard in your collection. Fetishes are an important part of Zuni culture and represent the spirit that is believed to reside within the stone. What is the lizard Zuni Fetish Meaning? It can represent agility and conversation.
Animals such as beaver, lizards and horned toads, while often part of Zuni mythology, are not generally "fetish" animals in the same sense that other animals that are considered prey gods (wolf, mountain lion,eagle, mole, etc) or protection gods (wolf, badger, mole, bear, etc) are, or animals that represent healing or fertility. Their images are not usually kept to provide a specific benefit or blessing to their owner.
It is believed that fetishes require a meal of cornmeal and ground turquoise occasionally.. Fetishes may be kept in a clay pot as it is the tradition. However, collectors usually like to keep theirs somewhere where they can be admired and enjoyed. The contemporary fetish may carry an offering of a smaller animal or a prayer bundle. It may be adorned with a heishe ( small disc- or tube-shaped beads made of organic shells or ground and polished stones) necklace, feathers, etchings representing ancient petroglyphs, or an etched or inlaid heartline. These small items, although colorful to the eye, are intended to protect and feed the fetish itself.