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Mandella

The Mandella is a variation of a dance shield used by the plains Indians, influenced by the herders of the Southwest. It was thought to have brought its owner good luck, prosperity, and happiness. It is made of all natural products such as leather, wool, rabbit fur, and feathers. Native Americans originally made mandellas from buffalo hides, eagle feathers and wild rabbit fur; now these materials come solely as by-products from domesticated animals.