When is a fetish t a fetish? Find out in this celebration of the most misunderstood genre of Southwestern Indian carvings. From Beast Gods to Directional Guardian Spirits, this book explores the magic and mystery behind the charismatic, mostly stone, animal figures (or fetishes) skillfully carved by artists from Southwestern Pueblos. Enthusiasts will delight in the hundreds of full-color photographs. Pictures and text highlight the impressive variety of forms, materials, and traditional and contemporary styles available to collectors. This book discusses the symbolic meanings associated with these figures and explains how they are borrowed for use by members of n-Native American cultures. A newly revised price guide is included to help collectors orient themselves to current market values.
Kay Whittle studied and taught language and literature for ten years. Now she follows other interests, among them Native American history and culture, mineralogy, history, and mythology.