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Turtle Shell Medicine Bag

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This was a 'found' turtle shell.  I had recalled seeing some turtle shell 'purses' at a 'powwow' but this shell was much smaller, so I saved it thinking perhaps I could use it for a medicine bag. I lined the inside of the shell with an alabaster colored genuine pigskin suede.  The outer leather portions is an amber colored genuine pigskin suede with the fringe accented with hand-blown glass beads.  The bag measures 4 x 12 inches including the fringe but not including the strap.  The strap is 2 feet long, allowing for adjustment per potential owners personal taste. 

Dependent upon tribal heritage, and/or spiritual upbringing, the 'Turtle' can represent numerous things. Its shell is its shield. Its slow gait is intended as a warning not to rush anything, but to wait for the right moment. Its eggs hatch because of the sunlight, and the tortoise thus points out how important it is to let one's ideas ripen in seclusion before sharing them with everybody.  The tortoise also teaches one to stand with both feet firmly on the ground connected with the Earth, Furthermore, it shows how to protect one's feelings and to withdraw into oneself. If it feels it is under too much pressure, it may even snap at and bite the encroacher. Basically, the turtle represents the ancient wisdom held by Mother Earth.  It is often a symbol  of honor, wisdom, stability, protection, strength, female power, fertility, long life, perseverance, and often considered to be able to defy death.

This is a One-Of-A-Kind Creation.


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