Creation Date1931 – 1955
3.175 cm. W x 6.350 cm. L Item (Overall)
Description"A lapel pin in the shape of a turtle, made from white leather with a red and yellow porcupine quill shell. The eyes are blue and the pin is 2 1/4 inches long. This was made by the Chippewa (Ojibwa) tribe."
2007 - there is no pin attached to this turtle. There is a beaded loop on the neck of the turtle that could be used to hang the turtle form a pin.
Turtles of this size were often umbilical cord holders. When the umbilical cord fell off a baby, it was placed in a turtle or lizard shaped amulet and hung in the baby's cradle board. As the child grew, the amulet was kept throughout the person's life. Turtles represented long life and good health.
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