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The History of Native American Tribes. Cradle BoardCradle Board

 

     Many Navajos still use a traditional cradle board to keep their babies safe and protected. Made with cottonwood, pine or cedar laced together with thin strips of leather, the Cradle Board feature a wide, wooden hoop over the baby's head that protects the child. Navajos believe the flat boards will give the baby a strong, straight back, and that a soft supporting pad will help the infant form a nice rounded head. The Cradle Board is blessed with corn pollen, prayers, songs and good thoughts for the baby.

 

 

White Earth Ojibwe infant in a cradle board
[Densmore 1979]





 

 
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