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. 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.
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."
Medallion of Crazy Horse Jasper.
2 pewter horse totems with beads of Crazy Horse, brass and copper.
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.
JASPER: The work jasper comes from the Greek word, iaspis, which means "spotted stone." A form of microcrystalline quartz, jasper derives its colorful patterns from other minerals present, and is often named according to its pattern. Crazy Horse or Wild Horse Jasper, for example, is a striking combination of white with brown and small tan spots. Picture Jasper is a brown based stone with many swirls of darker brown to black that appear to make pictures. Brecciated (broken) Jasper is comprised of naturally broken fragments that reformed into a solid rock. It it thought by some that jasper has the power to drive away evil spirits and protect against bites of snakes spiders. It supposedly gives a person courage.