Squirrel Zuni Fetish Meaning
What is the Squirrel Zuni Fetish Meaning? Squirrels are known for planning for the future and storing away things for a day when there is need for them. Fetishes play an important role in Zuni culture, and if you have a squirrel in your collection you may wonder what it represents. The squirrel embodies natural intelligence, saving, and the protection of reserves. He represents the ability to plan ahead and is very industrious.
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. Often fetishes include turquoise which is regarded as a sacred stone