According to Lakota tribes and many other Native American Indian tribes relate to the idea of returning to one's umbilical cord. A part of the umbilical cord from the child is placed inside and tied to the cradleboard. It protects the newborn from harmful bacteria or spirits and is a learn tool. It is put away until the child becomes an adult and can be worn on a costume or ceremonial dress. This is a oval shape amulet or pouch that can be used in that manner. A handcrafted piece to add to your collection.