The Bear symbolizes the most powerful of animals who is believed to be the Guardian of the West and has the power to heal and to transform passions into true wisdom.
The Zuni Bear Symbol - Fetish
Many Native American Indians have used fetishes throughout history, especially the Zuni tribe of Southwest Indians A fetish is an object which is believed to have magic powers. Native Americans of the Zuni tribe believe if you place a small amount of corn meal under the nose of a Zuni Bear image when you leave your home to protect it while away. It is believed to have inherent powers or qualities that may aid the owner. Its strength are therefore passed on to the owner. The meaning of the Heartline symbol was to signify life force. The Zuni Native American Indians strongly believe in six cardinal guardian fetishes - the bear, badger, mountain lion, wolf, mole and the eagle.