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For centuries, bears have had spiritual significance for the Nez Perce. These bear claw cores were recovered archeologically from the Snake River region. They have been drilled in two places so that they would not move when strung together to make a necklace. Bear claws have been used as adornment by men for centuries.
Bear claw.
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 3062