Object: Copper Breast Ornament

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 Image Credits:

Museum of the City of New York, Amsterdam-New Amsterdam Exhibit

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Copper was seen as having great spiritual power and was highly prized. Metal was gathered from various places but largely from the great lakes where it was then brought to trade all over the east coast. This metal was cold pounded using stones and carefully rolled to make beads.

Drew Shuptar- Rayvis; Northern Cultural Ambassador of the Pocomoke Indian Nation and Algonkian Living Historian of the 17th and 18th century

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National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, 037784.000