Amulets, necklace and bottom part of a needle case, USA or Canada and Inuit.
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The turtle and the lizard amulets are made from hide and are asociated with the Plains Indians, probably the Sioux. The turtle is decorated with beading and the lizard with quills. When a child was born a relative would make an amulet and a piece of the baby's umbilical cord would be kept inside this amulet. The turtle amulet was made for girls and the lizard for boys. The necklace consists of 18 teeth interspersed with red glas beads on a cloth band and is asociated with the Chippewa Indians. The six objects on the leather strip are part of a needle case set asociated with the Inuit of the Bering Strait. The set is made of leather, bone, ivory and stone and includes a thimble holder, amulets, tools and a thread holder.