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Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace
c 1900
The grizzly bear is considered powerful in the natural world, and in the spirit world of the Columbia Plateau peoples. This necklace of grizzly bear claws, strung on a buckskin tie, symbolizes both the personal story of its owner and the spiritual significance associated with this remarkable animal.
Bear claw (Ursus horribilis), buckskin. L. 45 cm
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 1990