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Choker and Bracelet

Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service

Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service

In the Pacific Northwest, dentalia shells were only available from the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island. They were an indicator of wealth and were highly prized. Dentalia shells were used as decorative elements on clothing accessories and for personal adornment. The wawáq’aqt or choker is from the Rydryck Collection, combines dentalia shells, blue glass beads and brass beads sewn onto a single piece of leather with buckskin ties. The bracelet on the left is from the Spalding-Allen Collection combines dentalia shells, black pony beads and leather spacers with buckskin ties. It is assembled with sinew.

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  • Title: Choker and Bracelet
  • Contributor: Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Original Source: http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/nepe/exb/transportation_trade/NEPE2194_Necklace.html
  • Source: Nez Perce National Historical Park
  • Place Created: Choker: Plateau
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: Choker: NEPE 2194; Bracelet: NEPE 8762
  • Medium: Choker: Shell (Dentalium pretosium), glass beads, sinew, brass beads; Bracelet: Shell (Dentalium pretosium), glass beads, leather
  • Measurements: Choker: L 33 cm.; Bracelet: L 26 cm.
  • Date: Choker: c 1875-1900; Bracelet: 1830s
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