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the mind, body or universe.

Fetishes can be owned by an

individual, family, clan, kiva

society or an entire tribe. They

are believed to feed on corn

meal while kept is a special pot

or pouch. Ground turquoise is

often mixed with the corn meal.

Fetishes often are decorated

with turquoise, arrowheads,

coral, etc. as a means of adorn-

ment, thereby showing affec-

tion and appreciation by the

maker and/or owner.

The better treatment a fetish

receives, the better performance

it is likely to provide.

Most fetishes relate to animals,

usually animals of prey, which

are acknowledged as the most

powerful providers in life, hav-

ing great powers and strong

hearts.

American Indians have used

fetishes throughout recorded

history, especially the Indians

of the Southwest.

A fetish is an object which is

believed to have a spiritual

power. They may be of any

form or material, but they all

have one purpose - to assist

man against any real or poten-

tial problems.

The problems can be those of

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For an easy stroll, and a close-

up look at an 11th century vil-

lage, Aztec Ruins provides the

visitor with both.

Set in the dry sandy washes

near the Animas river, Aztec

Ruins today is a walled village

consisting of nearly 400 rooms

and over a dozen kivas.

Here you can explore an ances-

tral Pueblo great house. Look

up in the rooms and see origi-

nal timbers holding up the roof.

You will even find fingerprints

of ancient workers in the mor-

tar.

Early explorers mistakenly be-

lieved that the site was related

to the Aztecan civilization of

Mexico. In actuality, the peo-

ple of the village were more

likely part of the Mesa Verde

group.

Construction of this settlement

began in the late 11th century,

and ended around 1300 as the

people scattered to neighboring

pueblos due to drought or over-

farmed and dead land.

Walking through the place, one

can only imagine the chatter of

people, the laughter of children

and the sacred ceremonies that

were conducted here. As you

explore, listen for an echo of

the ritual drums of long ago.

Today, Aztec Ruins is a Na-

tional Monument that is very

visitor friendly. The site is lo-

cated just a couple of miles

outside the town of Aztec,

Colorado.

Aztec Ruins. One of our favor-

ite places.

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The Zuni people believe in six cardinal guard-

ian fetishes. North (yellow ) is the mountain

lion), South (red) is the badger, West (blue) is

the bear, East (white) is the wolf. Additionally

the mole is guardian of the nadir (inner earth -

black) and Zepath (sky - any color) is the

eagle.