Amulets, Plains Indians, USA and Canada.
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The Indians of the Great Plains used these beaded amulets for protection. When a child was born, a relative would make an amulet. A turtle was made for a girl and a lizard for a boy. A piece of the baby's umbilical cord would be kept inside this amulet. The turtle is connected to myths of creation and a symbol for a long life and endurance. The lizard is seen as fast and elusive.