Zuni Bear Fetish

Zuni Bear Fetish

$168.00

Artist: Unknown
Dimensions: 5″ x 4.5″

The bear represents the western direction in a protective and healing fetish set. He is associated with the color blue and known for his curative powers. Though all bears are healers, white bears are particularly powerful. Characteristics associated with bears include strength, courage, adaptability, healing and spiritual communion.
Extended Description

For the Zuni, the bear is an animal endowed with curative powers, strength, adaptability and courage, and in both the spiritual and physical realm, is a close human associate. Many sources cite that Zuni hunters familiar with the bear’s anatomy are struck by its physical similarity to that of humans. Elder brother of the badger, the bear assumes the western direction in a protective directional set, and, associated with blue, is often but not exclusively carved in turquoise or lapis. White bears are regarded as particularly potent healers. The bear’s association with healing may stem from its ability to hibernate in adaptation to seasonal change in food supply.