Elk teeth have become a much sought after collectors item in recent years. In1916, laws were enacted in states such as Wyoming to regulate harvesting and possession of them. In the modern age, many states have laws against the ownership of pure ivory items. Since each elk only had two teeth considered valuable, many were killed for the sole purpose of extracting the upper canines. The teeth most sought are those of bulls over seven years of age.
Elk teeth were very important to Native American tribes such as the Crow who used them to trade for other goods including horses. The elk tooth or tusk was believed to be a symbol of long life and love. In today's market, these teeth can sell for as high as $50 per pair depending on age and condition. Brown teeth are considered to be more valuable than white ones.
One of the perils of elk tooth collecting is the fact that many are not real. There are people still alive in Wyoming who are familiar with a method of making elk teeth using plastic resin. Reproductions are normally stained with tea to make them appear brown.
One famous Yellowtail Indian still living today who was deemed to be master of the art of fashioning garments adorned with genuine elk teeth is Plenty Hoops. This 80 year old Indian lady made her first dress in the 1920s. Some dresses from her collection are currently on display at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
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