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Trading Post Times

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The Zuni people (A:shiwi) have

venerated fetishes, or objects in

the shape of animals, for at

least a thousand years.

The people believe a fetish is

imbued with the spirits of pow-

erful beings that will protect,

heal and help their owners.

In the old days, Zuni hunters

and holy men would collect a

stone, bone, or piece of wood

that resembled an animal.

Often, inlaid eyes were added,

or the tiny animal bound with

feathers or an arrowhead,

which represented lightening,

then blessed, creating a sacred

icon.

In the Zuni religion, the War-

rior Twins used lightening to

transform beasts into shriveled

stone miniatures, and trap their

spirits inside the stone.

A sacred fetish would never be

sold, but might be given to a

child to learn about Zuni relig-

ion.

Today, fetish carving is an art

that is passed down from gen-

eration to generation. It is a

way for the Zuni to pay respect

to their heritage, and to supple-

ment their income through a

constantly evolving art form.

When fetishes are sold today,

they are not blessed, but many

believe they still aid the owner

by instilling qualities of the

various animals.

Collectors prize genuine Zuni

fetishes as a form of true con-

temporary Native American

art.

Turquoise Mountain Lion by

Stewart Quandelacy

fine wine, and other beverages.

Last year the RTP courtyard

made a lovely setting for

Z-Tejas chefs who served their

delicious grilled shrimp with

avocado on a crispy tostada.

This year’s event promises to be

just as tasty.

The ArtWalk is a part of the

Bon Appetit Scottsdale Celeb-

rity Golf Invitational and is

sponsored by the magazine and

MasterCard to benefit the

Make-A-Wish foundation.

There is absolutely no charge

for the ArtWalk or the tasting,

but making a donation at the

Make-A-Wish foundation

booth certainly is welcome.

Mark your calendars for

Thursday, May 12. 6—9 pm.

River Trading Post, Scottsdale

.

For the second year running,

River Trading Post Scottsdale

has been selected to participate

in the

Bon Appetit

Magazine Art

Walk that benefits the Make-A-

Wish Foundation.

The May 12 event pairs the best

restaurants in Scottsdale with

the finest Old Town galleries

where visitors can enjoy tasty

bites of hors d’oeuvres, desserts,

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Santa Fe

River Trading Post

314 N. River Street

Dundee, IL

847-426-6901

610B Canyon Road

Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-982-2805

7140 East 1st Avenue

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-444-0001

www.rivertradingpost.com

Whether you are decorating

your home, or are an avid col-

lector of fine American Indian

art, you will find River Trading

Post has a great mix of historic

and contemporary art from

over 50 tribal nations.

Come visit. Enjoy!

F

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Scottsdale

Dundee