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1900-1915 Niisitapiikwan (First Nations) Dentalium Ear Ornaments at the McCord Museum, Montreal - From the curators' comments: "Historically, dentalium shells were harvested by the Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth and traded extensively across North America. As more complex trade relations developed along the Northwest Coast, dentalium became a highly prized mark of wealth and status and in some places a type of currency." These ornaments dangled from a woman's earrings.

OBJECT # 141 OBJECT NAME Necklace CULTURE OF ORIGIN Makah MATERIALS Dentalium, Beads, Blue, Red, Leather, Commercial SOURCE Washington World's Fair Commission CREDIT Gift of Washington World's Fair Commission

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