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Bear Fur Necklace Along with the bear claws and fur that represents power of the individual. This necklace in particular contains beads. Which did not uses the same material before and after colonization. This shows how the plains natives merge native culture with European goods. To express the significance of theses beads to the natives this shows how beads would go hand and hand with very symbolic bear claws and fur.

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Tama, Iowa 2 Young Bear, John Meskwaki 19 Sac and Fox 16
fur 151 glass 581 glass beads 689 grizzly bear 5 ribbon 206 claws 31 otter 21
trailer 39 necklace 239
ca. 1920
inside circle length: 12 in, inside circle width: 6.5 in, width: 13.5 in, L: 18.5 in
Credit Line:
Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin
Personal Adornment & Ritual Regalia. Necklace and trailer - Otter fur necklace and trailer with red ribbon trim on trailer and multi-color overlay bead border. Two red ribbons at end and two blue and gold ribbons on trailer. 40 bear claws attached to otter fur circle with single row of glass blue beads. Overlay multi-color medallions on fur.
Pamphlet: Cody, Wyoming Relocation Guide; Cody Chamber of Commerce, Cody, Wyoming; 2004; page 7
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As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Plains Indian Museum.
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