Ankle Band


From: United States of America | North Carolina

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 46-6-12B
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Cherokee | Big Cove Band
Provenience United States of America | North Carolina
Culture Area Southeast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Shell | Fur | Skin

Each consists of 5 box tortoise shells and 4 deer hoofs attached to a roughly square piece of woodchuck skin. "Worn by woman in social and ceremonial dances, coming in at certain stages of the dance. A cluster is tied below knee to each leg. Typical of all the Southeastern tribes. Extraordinary set, with deer hoof rattles unusual among modern specimens, as of "ancient Cherokee type."

Length 26 cm
Width 15 cm
Credit Line Cherokee Expedition; Frank G. Speck and John G. Witthoft, 1946

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