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Indigenous Cultures collection
Umbilical Cord Amulet (Niitsitapi, 1830–1856) and Belt with Umbilical Cord Amulet (Oceti Sakowin, 1930–1950) from the McCord Museum’s Indigenous Cultures collection, Montreal, Canada
“The umbilical cord of a newborn child holds special meaning. It is a reminder of the link between the child and his mother and, by extension, her family, her community and her culture. When the chord falls off it is preserved in a hide container embroidered with prayes for protection and long life. Typically shaped like a turtle for a girl and a lizard or snake for a boy, these amulets are attached to cradles as a baby’s first toy. They are later worn throughout a child’s life and in some cases buried with him or her in old age.”
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