Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas at Kachina House: Native American Ornaments and Other Decorations

  Hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree is a longstanding tradition, part of the ritualistic lead-up as children and adults alike increasingly get excited for the big day. As ornaments are collected throughout the year to mark celebratory occasions, memorable vacations, and new hobbies and interests, that collection inevitably becomes an all-encompassing timeline of a… Continue Reading

The Medicine Bundles of Zuni Fetishes

  We’ve written about Zuni fetishes here before, carvings that embody an animal or supernatural spirit. Each fetish symbolizes a different special power, ability, or natural force. Many artists include a medicine bundle tied to the back of the fetish. These bundles are meant as a gift offering to the animal spirit. The bundles provide… Continue Reading