Native American medicine bag: Review of one of my favorites

Native American medicine bag: Review of one of my favorites

Hello all!!

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 pouchmedicine bag

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. feather armbandYou 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!

feather headband

Feather headband $78 CAN









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.

feather earcuff

Feather earcuff

But for now, let’s get back to the magical Native American medicine bag that started it all for me…

The fringed leather medicine bagleather 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.

my medicine bag

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.

my medicine bag

My medicine bag

fringed medicine leather bag

with turquoise beads










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.

my medicine bag

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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30 thoughts on “Native American medicine bag: Review of one of my favorites

  1. Jan K

    I really love the posted medicine bag (the brown colour one) at my first glance but was wondering what is this medicine bag’s purpose? For storing and keeping traditional medicine? You clear my doubt after reading the meaning and purpose of the medicine bag. So, I could get one for my niece as she loves to keep her tiny collections.

    The feather accessories look great but am not keen on it due to my nose quite sensitive and sinus. But accidentally found a great item through your recommended link to Etsy, i.e. CHAKRA necklace. Thank you!

    1. Emily Post author

      hi Jan
      First off: yay you found something on Etsy!! such a great place to find unique treasures! A medicine bag does contain items that are meaningful to the owner. But you can also use it for other purposes as I explained in this post 🙂

  2. Sue

    Wow, I love the medicine bag. I am heading right over to Etsy now to check out that shop. I love Etsy but had not previous.y run across this shop. These pieces look great and i may just need to buy one for myself! With the coming of the new year, it may be time for me to create a talisman for an abundant new year and some of the feathered gear here may be an appropriate addition! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Emily Post author

      hi Sue!
      I am so glad that you love it! I am attached to mine and love it. I bought mine at the end of 2014. As a fresh start for 2015. And looking back, the medicine bag did protect me and gave me strength 🙂

  3. Chris

    I love the medicine bag. When I saw them on this article I thought that they’d be ideal for holding healing crystals. But then I read (on another page on this site) that they can also hold personal mementos that are symbolic to ones identity and where we are at at this particular point of our journey.
    I also like the idea that the medicine bag can reveal to you your own strengths and weaknesses, your light and dark. Just like Sue said these medicine bags would be ideal for starting off the new year.

    1. Emily Post author

      oh absolutely Chris!
      They can certainly hold crystals. I have some in mine. As well as medicine and mementos. They just have a personal meaning. And for sure you can gather strength for your journey. That is what they were used for on long journeys done by our ancestors. To keep them going and remind them of what was awaiting them back at home.

  4. Christene

    Thank you for introducing me to some really gorgeous products. These items would make ideal gifts. I love the concept of a medicine bag. How great to be bringing items with you that are significant. Great place to put crystals and treasures as well.

  5. Yvette

    Hi Emily! Another lovely gem you’ve introduced us to. I love it! I’d never heard of the medicine bag before.
    If you wanted to use it as a little going out bag with girly things in, would that be offensive in terms of the native meaning?
    I also wondered.. I’m searching for a Native American style beaded necklace, I wondered if you’ve come across a good maker on Etsy?
    Love the head-band, I wish I could get away with that! x

    1. Emily Post author

      hi Yvette
      I think opinions would be mixed as to whether you could use it as a purse. I did out of necessity when I went to the men’s jail. And I was bringing it to a ceremony. I don’t think I would use it as a full on purpose, just out of respect. What type of beaded necklace are you looking for?

  6. Hindy Pearson

    Hi Emily, it is a beautiful bag, and while looking at it I honestly felt something spiritual. I’ve always been convinced I have some past connection to this culture, and the more times I come across your posts, the more I feel it’s something I should explore. I have some crystals that are just thrown into this little satin bag I have, not being allowed to do what they’re supposed to be doing. I suppose a medicine bag would be a much better place to store and carry them. I’m looking forward to reading your post about the meaning and purpose of the medicine bag. BTW, love that feather arm band at the top of the page.

    1. Emily Post author

      hi Hindy!
      I know exactly what you mean! That connection is there for me too. I feel the ancestors with me, through me. If that makes sense. A medicine bag would be a very good place for crystals 🙂

  7. Johnathan Tarter

    The medicine bags look absolutely awesome and are just another example of the true beauty of Native American culture and items! I would definitely buy one of these in a hot second and probably will in the very near future since my girlfriend definitely loves things like this just like I do! Keep up the great work and thank you for exposing this fine piece of art to us! 🙂

    1. Emily Post author

      hi Johnathan!
      Happy to hear that you liked the medicine bags! and they are good for both men and women. I am sure your girlfriend would love it 🙂

  8. Marc Parsons

    Hey Emily

    Another great post. My girlfriend is sitting with me as I’m browsing your site and when we stumbled across this Native American medicine bag review and your picture of it showed up, I could hear the excitement in here voice. “It’s so pretty!”

    So I wanted to say thanks. Pretty good idea for the next time I am in the dog box 😉 hehe

    Seriously though. She is going to love it!

    Chat soon.

    Marc Parsons

  9. Shannel

    I wish I’d stumbled on your blog before Xmas because I just brought myself a new medicine bag which I love however I spent wayyyy to much on it. I will have to show your site to my eldest daughter who is into all of the native and tribal wear. She’s only 17 but she is so hip and loves all the dressing up bless!

    Thanks for sharing I’ll grab ur newsletter while I’m here take care

    1. Emily Post author

      hi Shannel
      well the medicine bag makes for a great gift! But as long as you are satisfied with yours. That is the most important. I want to say that if your daughter wants to look through my review section, she will see quite a few accessories and etc she might like 🙂

  10. Niki

    Hi Emily,
    I am trying for a long time to find some nice medicine bags as I want to give present for my sister who just in love with traditional healing. In you website they are so nice and unique, so i better off to order one..

    thank you,

  11. Garen

    Hey Emily,

    These medicine bags do look really cool. This is kind of an odd question, but what guidance can you give us for finding Native American medicine bags that are of a good quality. I have seen a lot of these bags floating around eBay that look very cheap.

    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Garen
      not an odd question at all 🙂 I think the materials used are important. It is typically made of leather, suede or buckskin. And the beads can be wooden or glass beads. looking at the stitching can also be helpful to determine the quality.

  12. Lee Zhi Wei

    Are they even medicine bags? They look so wonderful I swear they could be sold as fashion accessories for my girl. I have seen cheap alternatives in Thailand & Vietnam but I don’t think the quality is that of what you’ve portrayed above. In Thailand, they put items which they believe are of luck into this pouch thing & they carry it around. Does the medicine bag hold the same meaning as those pouches which I mentioned?

    I would love to buy 1 to tweak my luck a little in 2016.

    Zhi Wei

    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Zhi
      They sure are medicine bags! They are gorgeous indeed and look like a small purse. You could put something that brings you luck in it. I want to say that as long as it is meaningful to you.

  13. Shaz

    Interesting article – especially as a person who has very little clue about these practises 🙂

    I have a question – are these products unisex? I somehow thought most of them were aimed at women, but maybe I am wrong!

    1. Emily Post author

      hi Shaz
      Medicine bags are unisex. This one might look a bit more feminine but could certainly be used by both men and women.

  14. Peter

    What a wonderful accessory and example of Native beauty. These are such cool items and I thank you for bringing them to my attention. Just like the small swing you talked up in a previous post. I enjoy seeing them and reading about their origins and use. That is the best part about it, is the unique history and story behind them. Thanks for this!

  15. Nnamdi

    Hi Emily,

    What a great review on yet another Native American medicine bag. As I read through your blog I could see and understand the dexterity by which you carry out work. Then I see how people of this race been interested in everything you have to say concerning your culture. I envy you…

    I think it is high I started my own blog about the black man, lol.

    It is really entertaining coming to your site even as you promote and create awareness to non Native Americans like me. I can say one or two things about your culture, courtesy of you. I guess your people will be very grateful to you.


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