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Amulet in the shape of a turtle, United States, 1871-1900

An umbilical cord is thought to be contained in this turtle-shaped amulet. The amulet is made from leather and decorated with beads. It was worn by girls until they reached puberty to ward off illness. In many Native American belief systems, turtles protected against ‘women's diseases’. It is believed to have been made by the Sioux people of the Great Plains, in North America. maker: Sioux people …