MEDICINE BAG w/STONES and ARROWHEAD NW-1965 A medicine bag is a traditional North American Indian container for various items of supernatural power. While anyone may have one, usually it would be the medicine man, of a tribe who would carry one. Medicine Bags are used today to increase ones own spirituality and sacred power. This Medicine Bag features a drawstring with turquoise and black beading and an knife scabbard charm. Inside are four colored stones and one arrowhead. This bag is large enough to carry additional charms, tobacco, feathers or herbs personalizing this collection. Order today and get just what you have been looking for! Measures approximately 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" overall. THE NATIVE AMERICAN MEDICINE BAG As something that holds supernatural items, the medicine bag must also have some power of its own. Medicine items attributed with various supernatural abilities for the bag would often be procured in a tribal custom known as a vision quest. This ceremony includes personal sacrifice: fasting and prayer over several days in a location isolated from the rest of the community. In the Midewiwin traditions, the medicine bag is used to store items of fetishism. The purpose is to make contact with natural spiritual forces that help or guide people to reach their potential.
• Suede Pouch w/drawstring cord • Beaded string w/scabbard charm • 4 ea polished stones • 1 ea stone arrowhead • Meas: 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" overall • Includes Info Card
The spirits, or totems, would aid the individual to gather magical items, increase knowledge and aid personal growth. Typical powers ascribed to medicine bags and their items include increasing hunting abilities, aiding fighting skills, healing allies, hindering enemies and altering the weather. Many warriors carried a bag around the neck. They contained items that would remind the warrior of home, of where he came from.