24"X 30"X 2"
epoxy resin, paint, etc.
America, beads bearing the images of past chiefs, totem animals,
and sacred places are used as a means of exchange. While the
imagery and ancestral language on these beads is not well
understood by most Americans, accumulation of the beads is
highly valued, often more so than family ties and friendships.
Individuals tend to see themselves as superior to those with
fewer beads and inferior to those with more beads. Because
of this valuing of beads, they usually choose friends, neighbors,
and spouses with similar bead-counts. While open discussion
of bead-count is taboo in most situations, individuals assess
the compatibility of others through their style of bead display.
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