Although resembling a small "medicine bag," this unique necklace is actually a narrow hinged box, resembling a classically traditional native/indigenous bundle, large enough to hold prayers, aromatherapy applications, herbs and small stones. Created with the lost-wax method of casting, this Sterling Silver Medicine Bundle Necklace is known as a CATKU (place of honor) necklace or pouch. It has a hinged back and snap-latch clasp. It is lined with fine deer suede and has been hand-enameled. It has been enhanced with pig suede and rare, excavated antique glass, copper, silver, agate, and bell beads. The front, which has a raised pattern, depicts a "Turtle Island" theme. Turtle island was the name the native peoples gave to the North American Continent. Also pictured on the front are caribou, which the northern Canadian Indians followed nomadically, like the Plains Indians followed the buffalo, and there is similar significance in honoring these animals.
The pouch is available in two formats. Pictured on the left is a plain silver one with copper enameled enhancement and is adorned with gray leather and complementary bead colors. Pictured on the right is a green enameled pouch with light green leather and complementary green bead colors. The strap is braided on both.
Measurements are approximate as each piece is unique and completely handmade.
Dimensions: Length of box (pouch), 2-1/4 inches. Width, 1-1/2 inches. Length with fringe, 5- 1/2 inches. Thickness, 3/8 inches. Strap length, 22 inches.
Due to the labor-intensive handwork involved in creating this piece, please allow 4-8 weeks delivery time. If more time is required, I will contact you - thanks!