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Dakota Medicine Lodge snakeskin charm
Description A complete dried snakeskin ornamented with tufts of red, blue, or green silk ribbon and bird quills tied by leather thongs at semi-regular intervals. The skin has been nailed to a wooden board. This piece is essentially a mnemonic for a Quezalcoatl-like feathered serpent manitou that is associated with Midewiwin religion. This appears to me to be the skin of a Timber Rattlesnake, though the rattles are no longer extant.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 40 1/2 Inches length measurement of board
2 Inches width measurement of board
Nomenclature Charm
Creation Made by Dakota Indians
Subjects Made by Dakota Indians
Used by Dakota Indians
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Amulets
Dates Creation: Not later than 1863

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
ID Number 39.E11