Native American Style Toy Cradleboard
This Cradleboard Toy complete with baby is ready to join your collection! The crafter created a wood frame with slats on the back. He or she covered it with Cream colored Deerskin Leather. Inside you will find a small doll with beads for eyes and hair. A fabric pillow, swaddling and blankets keep the baby wrapped up tight. Cream Deerskin Leather Lacing holds the baby inside. The crafter added a row of multi-colored Seed Beads on both sides of the upper cover.
Cradleboards are traditional protective baby-carriers used by many Native American cultures in North America. They are sometimes called a baby carrier or babyboard. These traditional infant-carrying devices securely hold and protect infants while allowing caregivers to carry them hands-free. Cradleboards come in a variety of styles depending on where they are used. Some indigenous communities in North America still use cradleboards. Crafters may decorate them with intricate carvings, beadwork, or other cultural symbols. This Cradleboard measures approximately 7.5″ long overall and 3″ wide at the widest point. We got it in a collection. You will see signs of wear and discoloration, but it remains in good condition. One of a Kind!
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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Main Types of Indian Cradles