Rooster Zuni Fetish Meaning
What is the Rooster Zuni Fetish Meaning? Anyone with a basic knowledge of chickens knowns that the rooster is always the first animal awake in the morning. The "early bird gets the worm," and the Zuni fetish of a rooster represents that tendency to rise early and to settle for nothing less than the very best of things. He is also considered vain and likes to be given attention and lavished with gifts.
In Zuni culture a fetish represents the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. 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. Fetishes made or inlaid with turquoise are especially powerful because turquoise is considered a sacred stone.