Museum logo
Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Catalog Number 11284-5
Title Amulet, Turtle; Beaded
Object Name Amulet
Description Small beaded lizard amulet made of two pieces of light colored leather. Top is beaded with a stripe and check motif. Beads used in the design are: white heart red, dark blue, white and light blue. The beaded design features dark blue stripes divided by white stripes that have red beaded squares spaced in them. The amulet is firmly stuffed with an unknown substance. The lizard has 4 legs that are made of strips of leather that are wrapped with strands of blue beads. Each "leg" has a pair of tin cones attached to them with leather strips. Fragments of red feathers are attached to the center of each cone. The beads are attached to the leather with sinew using lazy stitch.
Date 1891
Year Range from 1891
Year Range to 1891
Culture North American Indian/Sioux
Material buckskin, glass beads, tin, feathers, unkn stuffing
Made Unknown
Used Gordon; Sheridan County
Height (in) 1.5
Length (in) 8.625
Width (in) 3.5
People Towle, Charles L.
Search Terms Nebraska National Guard
Event Wounded Knee?
History According to the donor's family history, collected by Charles L. Towle. Charles supposedly participated in Wounded Knee according to family history. Towle was a member of the Nebraska National Guard. 1891 lists show that he was a First Lieutenant in Company K, Second Infantry. Although the Nebraska National Guard wqas not involved at Wounded Knee, they were mobilized afterward and stationed in northwest Nebraska. Company K was stationed at Gordon, Nebraska.
Credit line Mrs. Roy V. Anderson, Oak Ridge, Tennessee