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What are fetish carvings and jewelry?
Fetish carvings are stone animal carvings that are made by talented Native American artisans. Fetish carvings represent the animal spirit thought to reside in the stone. The Native Americans believe in six sacred directions, Above, North, East, South, West and Below. And each of those directions has a fetish animal associated with it. They are believed to have healing and protective powers and bring good luck. Please see our animal legends and stories pages. Some of the most popular animals include the eagle, mountain lion, wolf, bear, buffalo, badger and mole, but we have the most extensive collection of animals, fish, insects and reptiles that can be found. Special orders of an animal, the size, quantity, or arrangement on the jewelry can be requested. On special orders please remember each piece is handcrafted and allow for variations in the pieces and time taken to create your unique animal or jewelry.
Where is Gallup?
Gallup is located in New Mexico, rightfully called “The Land of Enchantment”. We are in the "Four Corners" region of the great Southwest. We have several great and unique tribes, and the most varied mix of cultures and traditions that can ever be found. Some of the tribes here include Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, Ute, Apache, and so many others. Every other race and culture is brought together here and it shows in our art and food, from our famous red and green chili to Navajo Fry Bread. We host one of the biggest Intertribal Indian Ceremonials. It is held in August. We also host the Red Rock Balloon Rally. The balloons are a most spectacular sight to behold against the Red Rocks, and a phenomena that balloon pilots love which occurs here is the air box, where the pilot can drift in a small air pocket up and down.