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Sea Otter Medicine Bag

Sea Otter Medicine Bag

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The Medicine Bag was used to hold items that provided protection from evil spirits.  Within Sugpiaq/Alutiiq 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 Sea Otter Medicine Bag was created with a light turquoise polyester fabric with a mesh overlay to give the illusion of water.  The Sea Otter is ceramic and there is a large starfish with a glass bead center at the bottom.  

The Medicine Bag is 16" inches in length.  The pouch is 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" inches.  There is no clasp.  It 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 dark green to dark purple is used to make the coral reef.  

Turquoise beads that range from light to dark are used to make the chain, trim and "sand or gravel" at the bottom of the pouch.  

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