SOLD White Mountain Apache Style Medicine Bag, Museum Quality Historical recreation
- Reference: FC1152
- Origin: Firewind Creations.
- Period: Contemporary Historical Recreation
- Size: Bag is 7cm x 8,5cm.
- Materials: Canadian deerskin, antique seed beads, 18th century Venetian Cross Trail bead, handmade tin cone tinklers, calico cloth, mother-of-pearl button.
- Price: SOLD
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White Mountain Apache Style Medicine Bag, Museum Quality Historical recreation.
This piece is a recreation of a beaded shield medicine bag from the second half of the 19th century, in a typical style of the Western Apache, more specifically the White Mountain Apache band. Unlike other types of medicine bags, this one is not meant to carry any items, it is filled with medicinal plants and meant to be used as a protective “shield” against interfering and negative energies.
The beadwork, with the white background representing the snow, symbolizes the sacred Apache mountain of the North, Mount Baldy (the more poetic Apache name for it is “white mountain”). The diamond here represents the summit, the House of God, and deep within its heart lies the turquoise, the sacred Skystone, the medicine stone of protection that was given by the Sun to Child-of-the-Water to defeat the monsters. The four crosses represent the four winds of the Four Directions. The tinkler cones extensively used on Apache medicine bags have a shamanic function through sound.
The bag is filled with medicine plants for female protection, and heavily smoked with flat cedar, juniper, and sequoia.
Aged deerskin; antique seed beads in turquoise, Bodmer blue, Cheyenne Pink, corn yellow, translucent light green, translucent lavender blue, and red; handmade tin cone tinklers; mother-of-pearl button; authentic 18th century Venetian “Cross Trails” bead (sometimes called “evil eye” bead in other parts of the world, being a type of bead with spots on it that was believed to prevent the evil eye); the bag is fully lined with genuine calico cotton cloth, of the type that was traded with American Indian populations since the 18th century. It originated from the city of Calicut in India in the 11th century, and then was “adopted” and further developed by the British.
The bag is fully lined with genuine calico cotton cloth, of the type that was traded with American Indian populations since the 18th century. It originated from the city of Calicut in India in the 11th century, and then was “adopted” and further developed by the British.
Original one-of-a-kind creation.
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