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Title: Bear Claw Necklaces

Date: early 20th century

Creator: Unknown

Additional Creator Information: Nehiwyan (Cree)

Medium: bear claws, canvas, glass beads, brass beads

Why would bear claws be used on a necklace?

- Gerry Conaty

These ones are part of regalia. Back then people were always careful when they were putting on regalia, especially if it was part of an animal. I assume that this was part of dance regalia. Of course, some of these could also be used in a ceremony. A long time ago dancing was a ceremony. Now it's what we would call a commercial ceremony.

- Joe Deschamps

There are often features about an item that are important to a First Nations person, but may not occur to a non-Native person.

- Gerry Conaty

What gender are these claws. Are they male? Are they female? It makes you think.

- Joe Deschamps

Collection Area: Native North America

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum

Catalogue No: AP 2419; AP 2518

Image No: P0017430

Learn More:
This artifact can be used in conjunction with Nehiwayak: Traditions of the Cree People education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.


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