My friend is interested in a native indian amulet or “charm” for protection against evil and bad luck. Would these medicine bags be appropriate? I specificially like the Crazy Horse bag with the gemstones, however, I am not sure about their spiritual powers or purpose. Would you please be able to direct me to the proper item that I could buy for my friend.
Thank you. IJ
Every person has their own belief system when it comes to good spirits and good luck so it is not so important what is used, but what one believes. Picking up a special stone can do more to change one’s luck than purchasing a lottery ticket !!
With that said, you know your friend and his or her habits and propensity to ceremony and ritual. Here are some ideas.
The Crazy Horse bag is very nice.
Crazy Horse Bag by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk
I’d highly recommend any of the bags made by Apache artist, Cynthia Whitehawk as she makes each of her items in ceremony and with great attention to detail. They are filled with a wonderful spirit already ! She acknowledges that each of us tends to be drawn to certain animals, stones or other healing spirits, so she makes many bags and shares her thoughts on the protective and healing powers of each totem. That is indicated at the bottom of each page describing the bag.
Eagle Spirit Bag by Apache artist Cynthia Whitehawk
Carved Zuni fetishes can also be very powerful talismans – many are suitable to carry in a pocket or purse making them handy to hold or rub.
Rainbow Calsilica Medicine Bear by Zuni artist Kenny Chavez
Some of these fetishes are available as pendants so they can be worn on a chain or leather choker.
Sacred White Buffalo Pendant by Zuni artist Cheryl Beyuka
A cross might be the perfect answer.
Sterling Silver and Turquoise Cross by Navajo artist Derrick Gordon
For those who are looking for good luck, such as would come from a finding a four leaf clover, there are Authentic Lucky Horseshoes.
Authentic Lucky Horseshoe
I hope I’ve given you some ideas to find the perfect item for your friend.