Marianne Millar “Midewiwin On Otter Skin Bag”
One society that was influential among the Great Lakes tribes of the Ojibwa, Potawatomi, Menomini, Winnebago, Sauk, Mesquakie, and Eastern Sioux, was the Midewiwin or Grand Medicine Society. An organization of shaman and healers dedicated to curing the sick, the members of the Midewiwin were in return promised safe passage to the Underworld.
One of the spiritual mediators in Midewiwin theology was the otter. As the chief of the small water animals, the otter possessed powerful medicine that controlled the health, fortunes, and destinies of the tribal peoples. Otterskin bags, embellished with glass beads, black cloth, ribbons, and bells, were given to Midewiwin initiates for carrying materials and objects used in healing and initiation rites.
“Midewiwin On Otter Skin Bag”
Acrylic mixed media 30″ x 15″
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