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Entire tortoise shell (part a) is used. Bottom shell is glued to the top shell making a container with a narrow opening where the head would have been. A white ostrich egg bead belt, thirteen beads wide, covers the top. Six strands of beads protrude over the opening. Belt (part b) is sewn to a piece of hide and is attached to the underside of the shell by being drawn through two drilled holes.

History Of Use

Repellant used by women and applied for relief from sand fleas at certain times of the year. Often worn around the neck.

Cultural Context

Container for insect repellant.

Item History

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