Fetishism is a primitive belief in something made by art and is applied to any object, large or small, natural or artificial. It is believed to possess consciousness, supernatural qualities or even magic power. This arrow can be a Fetish in itself, only enhanced by the five smaller fetishes attached to it.
The small medicine wheel represents the Four Winds, Four Directions and four Grandfathers. The small bone of a fox may have been attached in order to draw the cunning of the fox. Crystals were believed to possess magical powers. The Buffalo Tooth represents strength and sustenance obtained from the Buffalo. The Deer Medicine Bundle may have contained small down feathers of an Eagle, special herbs or an endless variety of personal effects whose spiritual powers are known only by the owner.
A Medicine Arrow such as this may have tribal status and be carried into battle as a bringer of good fortune.
- Handmade by a Navajo artisan
- Includes information card signed by the artisan
Measures 33" long.