Question by Amie: Help with identifying this that I found of my grandmothers….(native american)?
Hello, I am tracing my Native American ancestry on my moms side of the family. I have a rich cherokee and choctaw ancestry from my dads side of the family who are all from Oklahoma. But I have heard [unconfirmed] that my grandmother was Native as well. She passed years ago….She was born in Oneida New York. …Anyway, I was going through some of her jewelry and I found this…
I looked stuff up and found out about a turtle clan of Mohawk natives within the Iroquois confederacy.
Can anyone please help me to identify this?
Also, it’s pretty big. It takes up the palm of my hand..
Answer by Kanien:kaha’ka---^--
Its simply a necklace of a turtle. there is no single representation used for clans. having this doesn’t mean your grandmother was native since anyone can purchase this and others like it. turtle clan is in all of the Iroquois nations as well.
the ONLY way to know if your grandmother was native is to find her name on the tribal rolls. if she was not enrolled, she wasn’t native. The same goes for all native nations. ALL natives are/were enrolled in one Nation or another.
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