Isvael: Native American Fetishes Photo/Foto: HIDVL
  • Title: Isvael: Native American Fetishes
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:24:38
  • Language: English
  • Date: 22 Jul 1994
  • Location: Performed at The American Indian Community House, New York City.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Wayquay, Gordon Ison, Justine Smith, Nikole Stetz, John Plock, models ; Chan (a.k.a. Tony Spotten), dancer
  • Credits: American Indian Community House, producer ; Chan (a.k.a. Tony Spotten), creator, director, choreographer, designer ; LLoyd Oxendine, introducer

Isvael: Native American Fetishes

Isvael: Native American Fetishes was written, directed, and performed by Chan, a.k.a. Anthony Spotten. Chan evokes the power ascribed to animal fetishes through his dance and fashion designs. His performance was conceived in conjunction with an American Indian Community House Gallery exhibition, curated by Lloyd Oxendine, which focused on Native American fetishes and their importance in the lives of Native people. A fetish is an animal usually carved out of stone or shell that is said to house the spirit or supernatural qualities of the animal. Animal fetishes are used by different American Indian tribes in prayer and ceremonies, and as talisman and amulets for successful hunting and fishing, procreation, agriculture, health, protection of the young and long life.