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This bag contained medicines (power materials) that a man acquired through a dream or vision involving the Underwater Panther, the powerful under-the-world manito (spirit being) that made water turbulent and treacherous, but also bestowed great blessings on humans. The geometric patterns may identify the female maker—probably the owner’s wife—and record her own vision experiences. The Mesquakie (Fox) used the bag during healing rites, which were made more effective by the imagery.
height 4.625 in ; width 6.50 in