Category Archives: Animals

Horsehair Art: Native American Animal Figurines

Horsehair Art: Native American Animal Figurines

When it comes to renewing the relics of the past, Native American art seems to be at the top of the list. There’s such a uniqueness to this sector of art and to the Native Americans’ ability to utilize out-of-the-box thinking to create some timeless masterpieces brings enlightenment to today’s artists. While there were many different types… Continue Reading

20 Zuni Fetishes and Their Meanings

20 Zuni Fetishes and Their Meanings

Steeped in history and significance, Zuni fetishes are presumed to boast magical powers that ward off evil, safeguard the mind and body, and protect against universal plights. It’s for this reason that American Indians regard fetishes with paramount importance. To properly honor fetishes the Zuni house them in sacred pots and pouches and sometimes adorn them with feathers, turquoise, and arrowheads… Continue Reading

Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snake: Its Meaning & History in Native Culture

Snakes figure prominently in Native American culture. In the Ojibwa and Pueblo tribes, the ability of snakes to shed their skins associated them with fertility and new life. The Hopi people see the snake as deeply connected to the underworld. As part of the annual snake dance, participants release snakes so that they can deliver requests… Continue Reading

The Lizard in Native American Culture

The Lizard in Native American Culture

Walking along desert trails, hikers may see small animals scurrying away as they approach. Lizards live in many regions of North America. However, since they are cold-blooded reptiles, the largest number are found in the southern regions where the climate is warm for most of the year. Lizards are especially prevalent in the desert southwest… Continue Reading