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Bear Claw Necklace The bear was seen as a spiritual animal and represented as a sign of spiritual and physical power. This was most likely worn by a warrior. Just like the eagle feathers, bear claws were no easy task to obtain making this necklace so much more significant.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Plains 566
Descriptions
tanned hide 162 bear claws 5 brass beads 27 pigment 539 glass beads 689
Names
necklace 239
Date:
20th century
Dimensions:
L: 11 in, L: 3.5 in, width: 10.5 in
Credit Line:
The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe
Remarks:
Necklace made from a tanned hide strip (appears commercially tanned and restrung so age indeterminate) strung with blue and blue green round glass beads, heavy patina on brass beads and 11 bear claws. Between each of the claws are brass beads, round glass bead and another brass bead. Between the bottom three (3) claws are four (4) total large white glass beads. The verso of the bear claws have a red pigment on the ridge. The bottom three (3) claws are darker than others, and have been notched. The inner most claw has 18 small holes incised on the ridge of claw. The outer two each have four (4) small circles incised on claw ridge.
Accession Number:
NA.203.1634

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