June 25th was my birthday so, to celebrate, Ken took me to the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival on Saturday. I have always wanted to go and it was a great event. They had 135 Native Indian artists and craftsmen, continual Native American entertainment (with an educational component) and cultural speakers. For years I have looked at the fetishes in the gift shop at the Eiteljorg. They are so beautiful and have powerful connotations and symbology. For a Native American they are part of their religion. For a collector they claim no religious significance. Ken bought me a bear fetish and I love it.
I feel like the power comes from me and the characteristics I take from it. It is made from Picasso Marble found only in Southwestern Utah, has an arrow shaped Prayer Bundle embellished with beads and feathers and an inlaid turquoise heart-line. The bundle beads and feathers are intended to nourish the fetish. The fetish was carved by contemporary stone carver Joseph Begay. I wanted to share my feelings about this little item with you so I painted an ATC.
I did this ATC with watercolor pencil and put on a final layer of watercolor paint.
The Bear fetish is the guardian of the West and has the power to heal and transform human passions into true wisdom. Bear is invaluable whenever you are faced with change and transition by reminding us that by turning to solitude and introspection we unleash the power we all have within. Through this power we gain wisdom.