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Sacred Megis Shell

$161.00 $136.85

The Ojibway aboriginal people in North America used cowry shells (which they called sacred Megis Shells or whiteshells) in Midewiwin ceremonies. There is some debate about how the Ojibway traded for or found these shells, so far inland and so far north, very distant from the natural habitat. Oral stories and birch bark scrolls seem to indicate that the shells were found in the ground, and/or washed up on the shores of lakes or rivers. Finding the cowry shells so far inland could indicate the previous use of them by an earlier tribe or group in the area, who may have obtained them through an extensive trade network in the ancient past. Shell rises 1.4 cm or .4 inch from the setting. Height: 3.2 cm, 1.30 inch width : 3.2 cm, 1.30 inch

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SKU: WC 1266 Category: