Monthly Archives: August 2015

Zuni Fetishes

Zuni Fetishes

Small carvings typically created in the likeness of animals, Zuni fetishes are believed to hold powers and to have the ability to provide their owner with protection; assistance in hunting, aid in healing and more.  Named for the Zuni people who carve elaborate and beautiful fetishes, these carvings were traditionally created by all southwestern tribes.… Continue Reading

Learn More about the Talking Stick

Learn More about the Talking Stick

Used across Native American tribes for hundreds of years, the talking stick allows individuals to voice their opinions during council meetings and other major tribal events. Also used when teaching and sharing stories with children, the talking stick teaches that each opinion deserves the attention of everyone in the room and should be respected. The… Continue Reading

The Medicine Wheel

A symbol used across Native American cultures, the medicine wheel is made of four equal quadrants representing the four directions, four races, four seasons, and the four sacred mountains. The center of the medicine wheel represents the self. Also called “The Sacred Hoop,” the Native American medicine wheel symbolizes the life journey each of us… Continue Reading

The Tomahawk and its Many Uses

The Tomahawk and its Many Uses

The tomahawk is a versatile tool that has been prized among Native Americans for hundreds of years. Stone axes have been used for thousands of years, and the word “tomahawk” was derived from the Algonquian words “tamahak” and “tamahakan.” The European introduction of iron and steel made the tomahawk an even more valuable tool, making… Continue Reading