1935 drawing of a medicine bag

A medicine bag is usually 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.[1][2] Traditionally, medicine bags are worn under the clothing.[3] Their contents are private, and often of a personal and religious nature.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Jones, Blackwolf; Jones, Gina (2010). Listen to the Drum: Blackwolf Shares His Medicine. Center City, Minnesota: Simon and Schuster. p. 78. ISBN 9781592859733.
  2. ^ Trask, Kerry A. (2013). Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America. New York City: Henry Holt and Company. p. 113. ISBN 9781466860926.
  3. ^ Nida, William Lewis (1913). The Story of Illinois and its People. Chicago: O. P. Barnes. pp. 27.
  4. ^ Peet, Stephen D. (1893). "Craft Symbols and Religious Emblems". The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal. 15–16: 97.