This nine ounce medicine jar’s lid has been capped in 26 gauge Sterling silver and is crowned with a genuine Zuni wolf fetish carved from onyx by Daphne Neha (see below).
Onyx is formed of bands of chalcedony in alternating colors. It is cryptocrystalline, consisting of fine intergrowths of silica minerals. It is translucent to opaque and comes in a wide range of colors including white, yellow, red, brown, green, and black. It has a hardness of 6.5 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale.
Metaphysically, onyx is strength giving. It provides support in difficult or confusing circumstances and during times of enormous mental or physical stress. It centers your energy and aligns it with a higher power. Onyx helps you access higher guidance and its connection with the whole. It can take you forward to view the future, and with its capacity to impart personal strength, helps you to be the master of your destiny. This stone promotes vigor, steadfastness, and stamina. Onyx helps you learn lessons by imparting self-confidence and helping you feel at ease in your surroundings.
The Sterling silver on the lid serves to enhance the energetic qualities of the stones around it, while strengthening the connection between the astral and physical planes.
To the Zuni, the wolf represents not just successful hunting, but also social consciousness that inspires working together for the good of the group. In Zuni teachings the wolf is one of the six directional fetishes, symbolizing the Guardian of the East. Wolf fetishes are often given to newlyweds in order to invoke the strong family bonds that wolves create. A pair of wolves is often carved together to symbolize mating for life. Wolf gives us inner guidance and clarity; helping us to become a teacher and a pathfinder.
The fetish includes a medicine bundle tied to its back by animal sinew. These bundles are meant as a gift offering to the animal spirit. The bundles provide the animal spirit with energy, enhancing its powers and allowing its prayers to be heard more easily. The arrowhead pointing forward defends it from obstacles in the future.
Place your herbs, medicine, or keepsakes in the Native American Medicine jar to infuse them with these powerful, timeless energies.
Daphne Neha is an excellent Zuni carver who creates many turtles, snakes, and wolves. Many of her fetishes have intricate etching on their backs. She also likes to adorn them with medicine bundles or turquoise arrowheads.
Jar measures: 3 3/4″ tall (without fetish) x 3″ diameter.
Design Concept and project coordination by Native American Medicine Company, headed by WB Freeman.
This medicine jar 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 genuine Zuni wolf fetish was hand carved by Daphne Neha, a tribeswoman of the Shiwi people, residing in the pueblo of Zuni in the northwest corner of New Mexico.