Gorgets: Seminole warrior and slate gorets

Left, painting of Seminole Indian wearing silver gorget (amulet). Right photo of two gorets made of slate.

Detailed Description

Before the introduction of metals including steel and silver, Native Americans used slate, shells, and other natural materials for their amulets and gorets.  Here Seminole warrior, Os-ce-o-lá, The Black Drink, is wearing a silver gorget. In 2019, USGS scientists helped to provide a detailed photographic record of slate gorgets and fragments found along the banks of the Patuxent River in Maryland.


Image Dimensions: 3000 x 1710

Date Taken:

Location Taken: US


Left, painting by George Catlin: Os-ce-o-lá, The Black Drink, a Warrior of Great Distinction, 1838, oil on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum (public domain).

Right, slate gorgets by photographers from the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab (public domain).