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Killer Whale Medicine Bag

Killer Whale Medicine Bag

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In Alutiiq/Sugpiaq culture, in the past men could transform themselves into Killer Whales in order to hunt on the sea.

The Medicine Bag was traditionally used to hold items that provided protection from evil spirits.  In the past, when an infant was born the amniotic sac was dried by the midwife and placed into the medicine bag and then put around the infants' neck.  It provided reassurance and protection for the infant.

This Medicine Bag is 16" inches long and the pouch is 3" by 2" inches.  Light blue polyester fabric was used to make the pouch and there is a turquoise mesh overlay to give the illusion of water.  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 varigated embroidery thread in colors ranging from purple and green are used for the coral reef.  The Killer Whale is ceramic and there is a tiny metal crab charm at the bottom of the pouch. 

Seed beads in colors light blue, blue, green, lavender and clear are used to make the chain, trim/fringe and "sand/gravel" at the bottom of the pouch.

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