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First Nations Spirituality & How to Make a Medicine Bag

The spiritual philosophy and teachings of Native Americans, also called First Nations, are kind and gentle lessons to learn. First Nations humans are some of the kindest humans I have ever met.

We can learn a great deal from the respect their culture shows the planet.

Today I want to share with you how to make a Native American Medicine Bag.

At the end of this article you will find a brief introduction and a link to my hub explaining the Sweat Lodge and ceremony.

Instructions Part 1

A medicine bag is quick and easy to assemble. You can decorate it with drawings, beads, hang fringe on the bottom if you choose. Each bag is a unique piece of art.


This project usually takes about 45 minutes.

Materials you will need;

  • A 12 inch round piece of tanned leather, buckskin, deerskin, rabbit, etc.
  • A smaller three to four inch square or oblong piece of leather. You can recycle old leather purses, jackets and clothes to use for your material if you don’t have tanned hide available.
  • A leather hole punch. If you do not have a leather hole punch you can use a sturdy sewing needle. Using a needle slows down the process but it still doesn’t take very long. Use a thimble to help push your needle through the leather.
  • Two or so feet of waxed, or other strong, thread.
  • A small amount of herbs, weeds and/or small talisman that has meaning for you, to place inside the completed medicine bag. I have cedar for kindness, and sage for positive energy in my medicine bag. My partner has a wolf tooth in his. I made a bag for my friend and placed a 3/4 inch ceramic Buddha inside to bring her good luck and fortune. Be creative and use something that means something to you, an object that brings you comfort and solace.


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