This otter fur medicine bag is perfect for holding your sacred medicines, be they herbs, crystals, stones or something else. It is hand stitched and hand beaded, with prayers for the future owner offered with every stitch. The front of the bag is a wonderful piece of otter fur, and the back a buttery soft piece of deerskin. It is edge beaded with multi-colored seed beads, and the front is decorated with a polymer clay shell in the same multi hues as the seed beads. It is completed with hand painted medicine wheel bead leading to a long leather strap that will allow you to adjust it to your perfect length. The body of the bag is 3 1/4 inches in diameter.
All medicine bags are smudged before mailing, and sent with a small amount of tobacco, sage and cedar in them to help them on their journey to you.
The otter symbolizes strong family bonds, adaptability, maternal instincts, playfulness, and being good natured. Otters are monogamous creatures who mate for life. although it is the female who raises the offspring almost completely alone. Otters frolic in the water and play, but they are also skillful hunters and require a great deal of food to survive.
They represent family bonds, the ability to both work hard and play hard and appreciation for one’s home and surroundings. Mother otters are often seen playing with their children which also teaches their young much needed survival skills. Otters are equally comfortable and agile in the water and on land, symbolizing adaptability.
When otter comes into your life it reminds you to take time to play and enjoy your life. If you’ve been working too hard – take time to stop and smell the roses. The opposite also applies, if you find you’ve been playing too much, it may be time to find a better work/recreational balance. Otters speak of strong maternal instincts and strong bonds with children. They show up to remind you of the importance of caring for your own needs so that you may better care for those who depend on you. When otter shows up it encourages you to take life as it comes and enjoy the journey.
PLEASE NOTE: I only use scrap furs to make my bags. If I had my way, none of these beautiful animals would be trapped and killed for the fur trade. But since they are, I figure I can do my best to honor the animals by taking the scraps from furriers and making these medicine bags to honor their lives and spirits.