Inuit Fishing Weight

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Inuit Fishing Weight ?

Circa late 19th or early 20th Cent.

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Seri Wood Santo Collected by William Neil Smith

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Seri Wood Santo Collected by William Neil Smith

Collected around 1950

Length – 5 3/4″    Width – 2 1/16″

Santos when worn around the neck protected the wearer from illness. When tied to the doorway, it prevented illness, evil and death from entering the house.

From the collection of Anthropologist William Neil “Seri Bill” Smith, Jr. who was born in 1920 in New York City and moved to Tucson, Arizona at age fourteen. He attended the University of Arizona from 1939-42 and 1946-48, studying under Byron Cummings and Edward Spicer. From 1945-1967, Smith made many extended ethnographical field trips to Sonora, Mexico, to study the Seri Indians at Desemboque and Tiburon Island. His research included lifestyle, customs, language, genealogy, kinship, and cultural changes due to the influence of outsiders. Smith’s personal Seri Indian collection was assembled while doing his fieldwork. The collection consists of over 700 objects covering all aspects of Seri life. Most of the objects were collected from 1947-1951. University of Arizona Special collections holds 24 linear feet on Smith’s archives and photography.  I bought the entire collection nearly 15 years ago and am now selling off some of items that I kept from the collection.






Three Plains Indian Shell and Bead Necklace

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Three Plateau/Plains Dentalium Shell and Beaded Necklace


  1. Length – 11″ made of glass trade beads, dentalium shells and a large mother of pearl shell
  2. Length – 17″ made of dentalium shells, Russian cobalt(some faceted) glass trade beads and some semi translucent glass or quartz beads
  3. Length – 14″made of glass trade beaded, dentalium shell and small oval shell with hole at the bottom



Collected by Rev. William Smith Simpson-Atmore (1863-1943). Missionary in Arizona Territory. Artifacts were donated to the Washington Public library in 1964 by Mrs. Emily Powis Simpson-Atmore, the widow of Rev. William Simpson-Atmore. Although the Rev. spent most of his time in the SW- Arizona and New Mexico, these necklaces ended up in his collection. They were primarily worn in California and the Pacific Northwest.