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Glass Beads

Manzanar National Historic Site, National Park Service

Manzanar National Historic Site, National Park Service

Many early glass beads were produced in factories in Italy and Bohemia. They were traded to various native American groups by European American explorers, trappers and fur traders. Early Spanish land expeditions and the establishment of the mission system resulted in the mass distribution of glass beads throughout California. Glass beads were used as a medium of exchange as well as for ornamental and ceremonial purposes.

Blue Beads on String
Pre-1910
Glass. L .5, Dia .5 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 408

Bead [right green]
1880 - c 1935
Glass. L 1, Dia .4 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 410

Bead [left green]
1880- c 1935
Glass. L 1.0, Dia .4 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 411


Bead [light and dark blue conical beads]
1942 - 1945
Glass. L .7, Dia 1 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 412

Beads [bottom left 2 blue beads]
pre-1910
Glass L .5, Dia .5, L .5, Dia .4 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 80

Bead [red]
1942 - 1945
Glass. Dia 1, T .2 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 82
Bead [left tan]
1300 - 1850
Shell. Dia .4, T .1 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 2068

Bead [right tan]
1300 - 1850
Shell. Dia .4, T .2 cm
Manzanar National Historic Site, MANZ 2070

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