Crow Indian, Beaded Cradleboard, Native Tanned Hide, Native American
This Cradleboard is a treasure! Made in the Traditional Crow way, it is made from Native Tanned Hide. It is beaded in Traditional Crow colors of blues, yellows and crow pink, done in Native Geometrical designs. This Cradleboard was made by Zita Yellowmule, one of our finest beaders on the Crow Reservation! Zita is from the "Mighty Few" District.
This is a large Cradleboard measures 38" by 11" at the top, and 4" at the bottom. There is 11" fringe at the bottom and 12" fringe on the top. The Cradle Board is beaded on elk hide.
There is a beaded triangle fetish for the baby's umbilical cord.
The front is secured with three 6" beaded bands and leather ties.
There is a slight discoloring of the hide in the front by the opening. There is a photo of it included in the above photos.
Zita has signed the cradle on the back. The Crow word for Cradle board is Baakaatiche. The Translation is Children's Foot.
Traditionally used to carry children on the mothers back, cradleboards were the functional option for mothers, yet they also represent the immense love mothers have for their children. Made of wood and adorned with hide, fringes, beads, each cradleboard carries culture and passion of Native American culture.
Our Cradleboards are prized possessions because they are so beautiful and full of Crow heritage and culture and tradition. Most cradleboards these days are made just for family because of the work involved in the creation of one. Few are made for sale and therefore we treasure the ones that have been made for us by the artists here on the Crow Reservation in Montana. This Crow Cradle is truly the work of an amazing artist.
(This one is featured in our famous "Bound in Tradition" Prints! It is the third Cradleboard from the right.)