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Beluga Medicine Bag

Beluga Medicine Bag

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The medicine bag was used to hold items that provided protection from evil spirits.  Within Alutiiq/Sugpiaq culture when an infant was born, the amniotic sac was dried by the midwife and placed into a medicine bag then placed around the infants' neck.  It provided reassurance and protection for the infant.

This Beluga medicine bag is 15 1/2" inches long.  The pouch is 2 1/2" by 2 1/2" inches.  There is no clasp.  

The pouch is made with satin and polyester fabrics and has a turquoise mesh overlay.  The kelp is made with green speciality yarn; the coral was created with a orange varigated embroidery thread. 

The Beluga bead is ceramic and there is a metal fish charm on the bottom.  

Sseed beads are used for the necklace chain, trimming and "sand" and are in blues and greens.  

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