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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Northern Plains 1866
Descriptions
Buckskin 430 deer hide 193 fringe 575 glass beads 689 leather 2024
Names
natal amulet 9
Subjects
blocks 19 lizard 9
Date:
ca. 1890
Dimensions:
L: 8.625 in, width: 3.25 in
Credit Line:
Katherine Bradford McClellan Collection, Gift of The Coe Foundation
Remarks:
Ritual and Recreation: Ritual, Curing and Cult Objects. Buckskin in lizard shape with fully beaded overlay top (black head, green with orange borders having dark blue blocks). Black and blue single bead border along edge. Self fringe at leg and tail extensions.
Publication:
BBHC Cody Enterprise column: "Your Museum Matters" - April 2011 From our collection: Small and easy to carry, natal amulets were sometimes given to Indian children to carry throughout their lives. Grandmothers or other female members of the family made the decorated amulets after the birth of a child. In some instances the baby’s umbilical cord was dried and carried in the amulet. Many amulets were made in the shape of animals such as turtles and lizards.
Accession Number:
NA.502.41

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