Native American Fetishes: Carvings of the Southwest by Kay Whittle

Item No: 772

$ 14.95

  • When is a fetish not 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.

    • Author: Kay Whittle
    • Paperback: 159 pages
    • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 2nd Revised & Expanded ed. edition (July 27, 2006)
    • ISBN-10: 0764325167
    • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Kay Whittle studied and taught language and literature for 10 years. Now she follows other interests, among them Native American history and culture, mineralogy, history, and mythology.
  • 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 non-Native American cultures. A newly revised price guide is included to help collectors orient themselves to current market values.
  • At Shumakolowa we are proud to sell rare and hard-to-find books that celebrate Native American and Pueblo culture, history, and art. Our selection of books has been carefully curated by our team of experts to inspire and provide insight into these unique art forms.
  • At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we are proud to bring you books, music, and films that celebrate and illuminate Native American artists and the original authentic art forms that are distinctive to Native Americans of the Southwest. These works are written, produced, directed, or recorded by Native American authors, filmmakers, and musicians, or were created in consultation with Native American experts. In our unique collection of media, we bring you the finest scholarly books recognized for their nuanced exploration of Native American culture; music that comes out of Native traditions of prayer, song, and dance; and films that use the voices of Native American people to examine their stories, art, and history.
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