Authentic Native American Indian Apache Medicine Bag
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The front half of the pouch is "pooched" out so that you can carry more items in it.
Large horse carved from jade.
Paula says -
"This large deerskin bag by Cynthia Whitehawk has double fringe all the way around. Whitehawk's bags show impeccable workmanship and attention to detail.
"One feature I especially like is the front half of the pouch is "pooched" out so that you can carry more items in it. This bag is functional art that you can carry as a purse or use for other purposes."
Back is dark, rich black - photos have been lightened to show details.
Hand braided neckstrap is an integral part of the bag's stitching line, so it is not reliant on the top flap for strength in carrying.
2 smaller horses carved from carnelian with carved jade eagle feathers.
This bag was entirely hand sewn and all materials, beads & findings are USA made.
Leather has variations that some may call imperfections but we think of as character.
Words from Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk:
MEDICINE BAG: Medicine bags are ancient personal empowerment tools. Spiritually representing the wearer, they contain that which is most Spiritually significant & healing to the individual to help guide and protect one on their journey. This might include collected Spirit objects or totems, a small feather, beads, horse hair, healing gemstones & crystals, seeds, photos & more. Those items that are important to the wearer protect, grounds them to our Mother Earth and the Creator, and brings them strength & healing.
MY MISSION: We are thankful and honored to be able to respect the Spirits of the plants, animals and Mother Earths elements who give themselves and continue their life as healing tools for us. We offer these tools for Spiritual expression, to be in balance with Mother Earth and one's self.
HORSE: The Horse Spirit inspires our dreams, awakens passion, carries us far and fast, and brings us close to our instinctual and authentic nature. Horse enables us to move beyond our limitations and run freely. Spirit or Medicine Horses were and are extremely helpful in guidance, healing, protection and ceremony. Horse represents wisdom, physical power and unearthly power. Horse enables healers to travel in Spirit energy, using Horse to help guide them to the answer. Horses are symbols that can express our magical side. Horses are also known as symbols of Freedom & independence.
CARNELIAN: A translucent, semiprecious variety of the silica mineral chalcedony with physical properties like quartz. Shades of red, orange, and reddish brown come small amounts of ron oxide, or rust. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times to make signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax because hot wax does not stick to Carnelian. Some of these rings have retained their high polish better than those made from harder stones. Carnelian is mined principally in India, Brazil, and Australia.