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Beaded Turtle on Tan leather Medicine Bag version 2.
Close-up view of Beaded Turtle on Tan leather Medicine Bag.
Beaded Turtle on Tan leather Medicine Bag.



This is one of the most popular Medicine Bags I make.  I've made several for tribal members of the Chippewa Nation (including my nephew, Randy Peltier, who is registered at Turtle Mountain). 

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.

Though the ones pictured were either SOLD or a GIFT and is GONE, I CAN reproduce the turtle design and medicine bag (please specify if you have a leather color preference).

This original design is weaved with size 15/0 glass Japanese Hex beads. The Genuine pigskin suede bag is hand sewn with waxed sinew.  Contact Sunshine for your custom order specifications.

Item # Large Beaded Turtle Medicine Bag

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