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Phone: 866-426-6901

www.rivertradingpost.com

314 N. River Street

East Dundee, IL 60118

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means of transportation.

Sioux artist, Mitchell Zephier

tells us “The cradleboard is an

extension of the mother’s

womb. In another sense, it is

an extension of the extended

family. The cradleboard was

made by the aunts of the child,

a family way of welcoming and

nurturing the newborn child.”

The Sioux cradleboard featured

here is a 1960’s recreation of a

turn-of-the-century cradleboard,

and uses a combination of old

and new beads.

This beautifully crafted piece is

on display at River Trading

Post in Scottsdale, and is fea-

tured on the River Trading Post

Long before the baby backpack

was “invented”, infants traveled

in style, comfort and safety on

their mother’s back.

When work was to be done,

this versatile baby carrier sim-

ply was hung on a tree branch,

a wall, or other secure place

where baby was comfortable

and mom could keep an eye out

while carrying out the daily

chores.

Perhaps the most elaborate of

this transportation mode were

the cradleboards created by the

Plains people, particularly the

Sioux.

For the Sioux people, the

cradleboard was more than a

Website where you can learn

more about it.

Arts of Native America

Vibrant, beautifully constructed bead-

work design makes for a showcase piece

in this 1960’s recreation of the old style

cradleboard.