Blue Whale Medicine Bag

Blue Whale Medicine Bag

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The Medicine Bag or Amulet bag was traditionally 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 in the medicine bag and then put around the infants' neck.  It provided reassurance and protection for the infant.  

This Medicine Bag was created with a cobalt blue polyester fabric and a turquoise mesh overlay to give the illusion of water.  The necklace is 14 1/2" inches long and the pouch is 3" inches by 2" inches.  There is no clasp, the chain is long enough to slip over your head.

Dark green speciality yarn is used to create the kelp and the coral reef is made with varigated embroidery thread ranging from dark orange to pink.   

The Blue Whale is ceramic and there is a small metal starfish charm at the bottom of the pouch.

Seed beads ranging in colors from dark blue to light blue are used for the chain, trim/fringe and "sand/gravel" at the bottom of the pouch.

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