Medicine Bag with Red Beads
A medicine bag is a small pouch worn by some indigenous peoples of the Americas that contains sacred items. A personal medicine bag may contain objects that symbolize personal well-being and tribal identity. Traditionally, medicine bags are worn under clothing. Their contents are private and often of a personal and religious nature. This one-of-a-kind item is made of deerskin and glass beads.
Kevin Smiley is a Lakota Sioux artist who creates traditional Native craft-work. He makes beaded medicine pouches, dream catchers, and pipestone necklaces, each with information on the tradition of the object created.