L.V. McWhorter's bead, tooth, and bone necklace

Cultural Narrative: 

This necklace was assembled by L.V. McWhorter in the style of Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) jewelry. McWhorter most likely learned how to craft the necklace and which specific materials to use from Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) members he met. This necklace is made from beads, animal bones, and bear teeth. These beads appear to be made from glass and are in a variety of colors, including purple, black, light blue, and reddish/brown. Some of the beads are painted with various flower patterns. Though it is unknown when L.V. McWhorter originally made this necklace, it was most likely in the early 1900s after he moved to the state of Washington and met Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) members.