Umbilical amulet

Description: Plains Indian mothers collected their baby's umbilical cord and sewed it inside a buckskin amulet. An amulet is an object thought to have magical powers for luck or protection. The amulet could be the shape of a lizard, turtle or other geometrical form. The amulet was attached to a baby's cradle as a first toy or kept until the child could appreciate it. Later, the amulet was personal medicine and worn at the neck or attached to clothing, usually to be kept for a lifetime.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: Creative Commons (CC By-SA 3.0);
Subjects: Indians of North America
Indians of North America -- Great Plains
Indians of North America -- Rites and ceremonies

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