Originally featured in Points West in Summer 2007
Cradles continued to be made and used after Plains Indian people left the buffalo hunting way of life.
This beaded cradle is Salish, and has floral designs. It could have been made for a special occasion. Materials used in its construction include brain-tanned buckskin, appliqued muslin, beads, cowrie shell, mother of pearl, abalone, wool, and brass. “July 1919” is beaded into the design toward the top of the cradle.
Salish Cradle, 1919. 34.5 x 15 inches. Simplot Collection. Gift of J.R. Simplot, NA.111.57