Each type of Fetish held special significance. While each individual fetish had its own unique spirit, certain animal forms have traditionally held specific meanings. The animals may be associated with a trait, or one of the Zuni’s six sacred directions - East, South, West, North, Above and Below. Considered a rain-bringing fetish, the frog is also associated with abundance and fertility. While fertility is not its' main function, some women keep a frog fetish by their beds in the hopes of becoming pregnant. Turtles also also have a rain association in addition to serving as a link to the Zuni ancestors. Frog and turtle fetishes are some of the most popular carvings in Zuni.
Hand carved by Zuni Artist Adrian Cachini (hallmarked)