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Lakota umbilical amulet
Alternate Title Turtle-shaped umbilical amulet ()
Description A Lakota turtle-shaped umbilical cord pouch made from leather and decorated with blue, pink, and yellow glass seed beads, circa the late 19th century. Leather pieces project from the bag's sides to form legs. One of these legs is missing. Reportedly purchased in Mandan, North Dakota from a wife of the Lakota chief Sitting Bull between 1888 and 1889 by David K. Bryant of Minneapolis (1858-1936).
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 4 inches length
2 7/16 inches width
Nomenclature Amulet
Creation Made by Lakota Indians
Subjects Owned/used by: Bryant, David K.
Sitting Bull, Chief
Made by Lakota Indians
Used in Mandan, Morton County, North Dakota, United States
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Amulets
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1888 - Not later than 1889

Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 66.154.3

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