Two necklaces and an amulet, USA and Alaska, c 1850-1920.
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Animals are important spiritual beings in Native American and Alaskan beliefs and rituals, and are frequently represented in the form of amulets. The amulet at the top left is made of leather, with bead decoration. It represents a lizard and is created by Plains Indians from USA and Canada. Next to it is an eagle's wing drinking tube suspended on a beaded necklace made by the people of Tlingit, Alaska. At the bottom is a bear claw necklace or armband, strung with alternate blue beads on a leather thong, posibly also Tlingit in origin.