Native American Cradleboards Photos

Indian cradleboards for infants were often elaborately decorated with beadwork.

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Native woman with papoose detail of Warner Chamber doors in Nebraska State Capitol. Lincoln, NE.Cree baby's beadwork rawhide cradle board carrier at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Cree baby's beadwork moss bag wrapping at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Apache beaded cradle board at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.
Native woman with papoose detail of Warner Chamber doors in Nebraska State Capitol. Lincoln, NE.Cree baby's beadwork rawhide cradle board carrier (c1880) at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Cree baby's beadwork moss bag wrapping at Royal Saskatchewan Museum. Regina, SK.Apache beaded cradle board (c1900) at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.
Kiowa cover on Apache cradle board plus toy Apache cradleboard at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Kiowa cradle board at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Cradle attrib. to Tahdo from Kiowa, Oklahoma at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Plains Indian boy's elk skin shirt & Kiowa beaded cradleboard at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.
Kiowa cover on Apache cradle board (c1890) plus toy Apache cradleboard at Oklahoma History Center. Oklahoma City, OK.Kiowa cradle board (c1900) at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Cradle (c1915) attrib. to Tahdo from Kiowa, Oklahoma at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.Plains Indian boy's elk skin shirt (c1860) & Kiowa beaded cradleboard (c1860) at Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Wichita, KS.
Apache & Taos cradles at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Nez Perce child's cradle board at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Sioux beaded child's cradle board at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Ogallala Sioux beadwork papoose carrier at Lincoln County Historical Museum. North Platte, NE.
Apache & Taos cradles (c1900) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Nez Perce child's cradle board (c1920) at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Sioux beaded child's cradle board (1930s) at Nelson Museum of the West. Cheyenne, WY.Ogallala Sioux beadwork papoose carrier (c1880-90) at Lincoln County Historical Museum. North Platte, NE.
Lakota beadwork hood cradle board at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Cheyenne beadwork hood cradle board at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Cheyenne beaded cradle board at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Cheyenne beadwork hood cradle board at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.
Lakota beadwork hood cradle board (c1895) at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Cheyenne beadwork hood cradle board (c1885) at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.Cheyenne beaded cradle board (1890) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Cheyenne beadwork hood cradle board (c1890) at Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY.
Seri cradleboard in Arizona State Museum. Tucson, AZ.Crow beaded cradle board at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Native dress & papoose carrier as worn by Sacagawea at Fort Clatsop. Astoria, OR.Ute cradleboard from Utah at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.
Seri cradle board in Arizona State Museum. Tucson, AZ.Crow beaded cradle board (1890) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Native dress & papoose carrier as worn by Sacagawea at Fort Clatsop. Astoria, OR.Ute cradleboard (1885-1900) from Utah at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.
Blackfoot infant beaded cradle from Montana at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.


Blackfoot infant beaded cradle (1890s) from Montana at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.



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