Navelcord amulet, Blackfoot, 1960s Children of wealthy families often had their umbilical cords sewn into special pouches; snake- shaped for boys; lizard-shaped for girls. The children wore these on their left shoulders, above their hearts. The star motif on this amulet kept the power of the Above Beings with the child and gave her courage in her young life.

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