Amulet in the shape of a turtle, 1871-1900

Made:
1871-1900 in North America and Great Plains
maker:
Sioux people

Leather amulet with bead decoration, possibly, turtle or lizard form,contains umbilical cord, Sioux people, Plains Indian, North America, late 19th century

Made from leather and decorated with beads and porcupine quills, this turtle-shaped amulet is thought to contain an umbilical cord. The amulet was worn by girls until they reached puberty to ward off illness. In many Native American belief systems, turtles were thought to look after women's diseases. It was possibly made by the Sioux people of the Great Plains, in North America.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A230279
Materials:
leather, trim, glass, trim, porcupine quill
type:
human remains
taxonomy:
credit:
Wellcome Trust
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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