A fetish is a Native American carving believed to have special power. Many Native American tribes create and use fetishes of which the most renowned fetish carvers are the Zuni tribe, who call themselves Asiwi (Ah-she-wee). A Zuni fetish, or wemawe, is a carved object of an animal or revered god.

Zuni fetishes have been used for many purposes: to enable hunters to catch game, to make game more plentiful, and also for curing ceremonies. Fetishes may protect individuals as well as the community. The Zuni also believe that both practical and spiritual power reside in their fetishes.

Please see our Animal Carvings page to see what wonderful creatures we have in the gallery!