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Zuni fetishes are another example of ceremonialism that has become a beautiful Native American art form as well. True fetishes are carved by most Native American tribes to ceremonially capture the spirit of the animal they represent. Ceremonial fetishes are often tied with offerings of stones, shell, or feathers and are "fed" with corn pollen or other foods as an offering to the spirit of the fetish. The Zuni and other Pueblo tribes keep their fetishes in jars inside of their kivas, bringing them out only for certain ceremonies. The Zuni also carve animal figures and fetishes for art. These carvings are never meant for ceremony, yet certain taboos and restrictions are still observed in their creation. These American Indian stone carvings are made from a variety of stone and shell and are carved by hand giving each their own unique character.