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Plains mothers entrusted small beaded amulets to hold their baby’s dried umbilical cord, the precious life line between mother and child. Inside the amulet, the cord’s protective qualities warded off sickness and brought good luck to the child. Amulets were either attached to the child’s cradle or clothing. Beaded lizard and snake amulets were given to boys, while girls received beaded turtles such as this one.
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