Native American medicine bag: Review of one of my favorites
I hope you had a good Christmas for those who celebrate it. And that you are having happy holidays. I recently posted a picture of a buckskin medicine bag on this site’s Facebook page. It was quite popular so I thought I would introduce you to one of my favorite Native American medicine bags from, where else, Etsy! Let’s take a look at it 🙂
Product: Fringed leather medicine bag or gathering pouch
Where: DieselBoutique on Etsy
Materials: Tan leather, turquoise or red beading, wooden beading, white long beads and pheasant feathers
Price: $56.72 CAN or $41 USD
Rating: 5 stars
First thing first: the DieselBoutique
Well how to describe DieselBoutique? I would say that it is for the feather and accessories lover! In the shop, you can find unique items such as headbands (feather or braided). You can also get feather armband (my next purchase, it is so cool!). Just like the one on the right, for $28 CAN. You can get some with an assortment of beads and feathers. The ultimate boho accessory along with a feather headband! But that being said, I am not boho at all and I am loving those armbands and I know I could make them work 🙂
You can also get intricate feather headbands with different types of feathers (peacock, pheasant, guinea fowl, etc) as well as good quality suede. I don’t know about you but I think a headband such as the one below, would certainly stand out!
What else might one find in the DieselBoutique? Hmmmm, wonderful everything! Like anklets made of wonderful stones or, what else, feathers. Or! The most interesting earcuffs or earrings ever! Just look at the one below for example ($92CAN), not for the faint of heart! But so fun for special events. I know I would wear one to a Pow wow for example.
But for now, let’s get back to the magical Native American medicine bag that started it all for me…
The fringed leather medicine bag
First off, look at it! How gorgeous is it! I bought mine over a year ago and on mine, the beading is red. On the current posting, the beading is now turquoise. But I am thinking that Madi, the owner of the shop, might be willing to change the color if you ask. You can ask by writing a note with your order (it is an option in Etsy).
I also have a little medicine pouch that you can see here. In the same post, you can learn about the meaning and purpose of the medicine bag. For me, personally, my medicine bags are filled with objects that can provide me with strength. As well as memories of events in my life. What you place inside your medicine bag is really up to you. But it should be meaningful. And depending on where you are in your life, you can also change what is inside. I recently added some medicine and took an object associated with something I did not want in my life anymore. But in my medicine bags, you will always find stones and medicine.
The details and materials used are amazing, such good quality. As I said, I have had mine for over a year and the feathers and the beads are still in amazing shape. And I personally find the size to be absolutely perfect. As I said, I have a smaller one, which I attach to my purse and carry with me. But this one here could actually serve as a little purse or gathering pouch. Indeed, it is 6″ deep and 4 1/2″ wide. The perfect little pouch to gather herbs and stones from the woods.
Let me tell you how I have used it once. I was attending a ceremony in a Native men’s prison and knew I could not bring my purse in (generally speaking you cannot in any jail). But I knew I could have my medicine bag! So I used it to keep a few things with me and it was not in the way at all during the ceremony (I wore it cross body). I am telling it is the perfect size for many purposes 🙂
And delivery was super fast! I looked at my order (a year ago) and the delivery took 2 days, across the USA. Sooooo pretty hard to beat. That being said, I actually live in Canada but have a PO Box in the USA. If I had it delivered in Canada, I imagine it would have taken a few more days (as it has to clear customs).
Overall, the materials are of very good quality, the size is just perfect and the cross body straps are very practical. And the bag is just simply gorgeous! It is a bag you will have for years. I highly recommend you get yours here. And once again, learn about the meaning of the medicine bag here.
What did you all think of the bag? Are you liking it as much as I am? Do you have your own medicine bag? Let me know below!
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