This four ounce medicine jar’s lid has been capped in 26 gauge Sterling silver and is crowned with a genuine Zuni rabbit fetish, carved from banded Dolomite with turquoise inlay, by Gordon Poncho (see below).
Dolomite is a sedimentary carbonate rock similar to calcite, with added magnesium. Dolomite is found all over the world and can be obtained as a pure mineral, or mixed with other minerals. It is named for the French mineralogist, Deodat de Dolomieu. It has a hardness of 3.5 to 4.0 on the Mohs scale.
The metaphysical qualities of dolomite can help in the relief of depression, sorrow, and loneliness. It encourages generosity, creative thinking, and manifestation, while helping us detach from the drama around us. It also assists us in experiencing love, compassion, and appreciation. Physically it has been used to help heal bones, teeth, muscles, and the female reproductive system.
The Sterling silver on the lid serves to enhance the energies of the stones around it, while also strengthening the connection between the astral and physical planes.
Though the rabbit is not a traditional Zuni animal, they have been carving them for several generations due to demands from other tribes and from collectors. The rabbit symbolizes gentleness, fertility, innocence, and virtue. They are considered a special guardian for women by facilitating safe child birth. They are also said to bring a long life to children. Since rabbits are the dinner for many predators, they are also associated with facing fears and not allowing them to become our reality.
Placing your keepsakes, herbs, or medicine in the Native American Medicine Jar infuses them with all of these powerful, timeless energies. Experience the power of Native American Medicine and own an amazingly unique fusion of art and ancient tradition.
Gordon, along with his brother Alex, and cousins, Todd and Stephan Poncho, all learned the art of fetish carving from Gordon’s father, Dan Poncho. Gordon has also passed down the art to his son Tyrone. This way the style and technique continues down through the generations of carvers.
Jar measures: 3 1/4″ tall x 2 1/2″ diameter (without fetish)
Design Concept and project coordination by Native American Medicine Company, headed by WB Freeman.
This medicine box was constructed by Sun Arc Jewelry Arts, with master craftsmanship by Pat McCartney, who has created distinctive jewelry and stonework for over 40 years, cutting her first stones at 13 years of age.
The fetish used by Native American Medicine Company was collected by Zuni Fetish Gallery, led by Dave Dozark, who has traded in Zuni fetishes for over 20 years.
Box construction materials provided by Bruce Barlow of Barlow’s Gems, a foremost purveyor of minerals and gemstones in the Southwest.
The rabbit fetish was hand carved by Gordon Poncho, a tribesman of the Shiwi people, residing in the pueblo of Zuni, in the northwest corner of New Mexico.