Excavation year: 1990
Material: Shell, fauna
Registration number: 21K54D6-2

These megis or cowries shells (Monetaria moneta), originating in the Indonesia-Pacific region, are considered sacred by the Anishinaabe. In the Anishinaabe creation stories, Gitchi Manitou (the Creator) took the four parts of Mother Earth (earth, wind, fire, and water) and blew them in the megis shell to create the Anishinaabe. On the Anishinaabe’s great migration from the east, the megis shell rose up out of the water to show the people where to stop and live. These shells are from the Fur Trade Period (1800-1900 CE).