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Wolf Talisman
Modified by Julius Williams
This wolf hide talisman was Julius Williams' wéyekin or personal medicine. It is made from a “cased” whole wolf skin minus its legs. It was passed down to Julian Williams who added the feather rosettes. A hand hold of buckskin runs through the nose openings as a means to carry the talisman during dances or ceremonies. Wolf power is highly desired among the Nez Perce because of warrior skill, courage and hunting prowess.
Wolf skin (Canis lupus), wool, mirrors, feathers, buttons, brass bell. L 171.0, W 56.0 cm
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 8833