Cowrie Shell Corn Maiden with Turquoise Inlay, approximately 2 3/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. In the Zuni culture all beings belong to one system, whether they are supernatural, animal, or human. Animals and the elements are more mysterious and powerful because we do not possess or understand some of their powers. The Zuni uses the Fetish so he can control or understand those powers beyond his own. They are considered a living thing and are cared for and fed between ceremonies. If an object possess a power it is a fetish, if not a carving. Fetishes are used for many different things. A popular use of fetishes are for hunting, protection, healing, and initiations.