Medicine Bags

Native American medicine bags of all sizes continue to be a popular part of Native life. Historically women were the makers of American Indian medicine bags. Bags are traditionally made from whatever leather is accessible in that region or area and the person that makes the bag always brings an element of him/ herself to it.

Some medicine bags are simple pouches while others have a lot of work in their creation. Bags are traditionally used to hold herbs and/or medicine (sage, tobacco, cedar and sweet grass to smudge and give back to Mother Earth). The bag can also be used to hold personal possessions such as crystals or items that hold importance to the wearer.