Four Medicines Medallion
These medallion necklaces were made by Ojibwe artist Tashina Lee Emery and feature four sacred natural medicines encased in acrylic.
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.
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. Lightweight. This item ships from the US.
Tashina Lee Emery is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the historic Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians. Her design voice is very distinctive, and it is clearly inspired by the natural environment of northern Michigan where she comes from. Her work is enchanting and modern, and a celebration of the beauty of the natural world.