Vintage Apache Style Toy Cradleboard
This reproduction Apache Style Cradleboard Vintage Doll is ready to join your collection! The crafter created a wood frame with 1/2 inch wide slats on the back. For the arched top, the crafter used narrow bent branches tied together. He or she covered it with yellow canvas fabric. The crafter added decorative red rickrack to the top and sides of the canvas covering. This cradleboard measures 15.5 inches long by 6.5 inches at the widest point. The arched portion stands about 6.5 inches high. We got this cradleboard from a collection. You will see signs of wear. It is in very good, sturdy condition. One of a Kind!
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 devices securely hold and protect infants while allowing caregivers to carry them hands-free. Native Americans from different areas create varying styles of cradleboards. Some native communities in North America still use cradleboards. Crafters may decorate them with intricate carvings, beadwork, or other cultural symbols. This Cradleboard Vintage Doll is one of a Kind!
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Read the Denver Art Museum Leaflet Main Types of Indian Cradles