SOLD Western Apache Style Medicine Bag, Museum Quality Historical recreation
- Reference: FC1151
- 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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Western 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. 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 two diamond shapes symbolize the original Twin Brothers, Child-of-the-Water and Killer-of-Enemies, heroes of Apache and Navajo creation myths, but in a larger sense, they represent all aspects of twinship in the Universe, and of course the bond of two soulmates. The tinkler cones extensively used on Apache medicine bags have a shamanic function through sound.
Aged Canadian deerskin; antique seed beads in turquoise, Bodmer blue, Cheyenne Pink, corn yellow, baby powder 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 finished piece was smoked over a campfire, with white sage, juniper and flat cedar.
Original one-of-a-kind creation.
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