Four Medicines Medallion - Copper Chain
My family and community recently, suffered tragedy of losing two of our firefighters, one happening to be a close cousin. My work has never meant more to me until that very moment we found out. I needed my medicine bundle, it was only a prototype I created awhile back, but it hung around my neck with hope and faith. The simple necklace one-of-a-kind, hand-harvested, hand-cut, and sealed held the Ojibwe People’s, my cultures medicines: Tobacco, Sage, Sweetgrass and Cedar. The tangible strength that came from that necklace was powerful. I want to make that sense of hope for others in need, to help with another individual’s spiritual path, and to help one’s own wellbeing just as a rosary or medicine man’s scared pouch would. It is more than beauty and adornment, it’s medicinal. My process now has meaning and I think finding that meaning, that specific audience is key.
Although ceremonies differ from First Nation to First Nation, basic beliefs remain similar. Our medicine bundles carry sacred knowledge and contain ingredients to spiritual well being. These powerful religious objects represent faith in a tangible way and transcend into modernity through cultural exchange and societal development. Traditional Healing is the restoring of balance to the mind, body, spirit and emotions. There needs to be harmony and balance in us just as there is in all of Creation. When you start on a healing journey, you are making a commitment to help yourself, your family and your community. Great respect is shown for the plants that are used in this specific healing. The "Four Medicines Medallion" is an embellishment that contributes to the physical act of finding faith in a time when cultural identities are becoming blurry. The unique medicine pouch is a bicultural composite of an exchange and revamped further to a multifaceted object set into today’s medicinal context. There is a need for cultural support in our new contemporary setting and this pedant defines that.
Content + Care
- Earrings: 40% Acrylic, 10% Metal (Copper), 60% Leather (Deer Hide)
- Tobacco, Sage, Sweetgrass and Cedar
- Surprising Lightweight
- Cedar transitions into a fabulous dusty peach - just as beautiful as it's fresh state.
- Wipe Clean, Keep Dry, Store in Safe Dark Place, More about Materials
Each pair of earrings is crafted one of kind, and may vary just a slightly from the images provided. Understand some materials used must be treated with a certain amount of respect, these are traditional medicines. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
- Average Length: 2 1⁄4"
- Average Width: 2 1⁄4"
Earrings by Tashina Lee Emery, blessing given by my local medicine man to create.
Please note the materials encased are natural and come from the earth. There will be "flaws" and "mistakes". I intentionally seek the imperfect, and personally love raw beauty. Each piece of jewelry will not look like the photo because your jewelry is unique, however I try to make the jewelry as close to the photo as I can. Each piece is made by hand and not a machine so tiny bubbles, bumps and slight imperfections are part of the unique characteristics of the jewelry.
Love our Mother Earth as we love our own Mothers. Protect her at all costs. To save her…We save ourselves.