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Legend of Grandmother Turtle
Symbolism in Lakota Dress
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The beaded yoke is more than just a decoration. It shows a blue sky reflected in a prairie pond that is the home of the sacred turtle. The U-shape at the lower center of the yoke represents the turtle. In the creation stories of many Plains people, the Creator placed mud from under the sea on the back of the turtle to form the earth. The turtle came to be a protector of women since they too have the power of creation, by giving birth.

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