Sea Otter Medicine Bag

Sea Otter Medicine Bag

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The first Sea Otters were descended from children who had fallen off a cliff and turned into sea otters when they hit the water.  

The Medicine Bag or Amulet 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 and placed into a Medicine Bag then placed around the infants' neck.  It provided reassurance and protection for the infant.  

This Medicine Bag is 15" long and the pouch is 2 1/2" by 2 1/2" inches.  The pouch is made from a sage green polyester fabric with a turquoise mesh overlay to give the illusion of water. 
The sea otter is ceramic and there is a small metal starfish at the bottom.  

Dark green speciality yarn is used to create the kelp and the coral is varigated embroidery thread in pastel colors ranging from lavender to blue and yellow.  Seed beads in various colors such as blue, lavender and greens are used for the chain, trim/fringe and "sand or gravel" at the bottom of the pouch.  

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