By Virginia Stroud. This boy’s baby blanket was inspired by a Plains Indian tradition. New parents place their child’s remaining navel cord inside an amulet shaped like a turtle or a sand lizard. The amulets imitate the turtle’s hard shell and the sand lizard’s quick movements that will guard the spirit of the child and ensure a long, protected life. 32-inch by 44-inch Napped Wool: A soft or fuzzy surface is created by brushing the wool fibers.

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