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Wallace and Area Museum


Accession number: 2016.9.1
Date: before 2013
Materials: Feathers; Beads; Wood; Material; Leather
Measurements: 11 cm W x 11 cm HMeasurements are for the circle and do not include the feathers which are varying lengths.
Culture: Mi'kmaq
Description: A stylized circle divided into four equal sections. There are bead and feather decorations and a loop at the top for hanging on display.
History of Use: The Medicine Wheel is a very powerful symbol of Native American spirituality. Because it is a circle, it represents the many cycles that appear in the natural world: the cycle of night and day, of the seasons, and of birth, life, and death. However, it is important to note that each Nation has been given its own understanding of the Medicine Wheel, and the colours, order, and other details may differ.