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Cradle, about 1835
wood, hide, porcupine quills, tin
Lent by the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., Catalogue no. 73,311

The "Sioux cradle" in his Indian Gallery, Catlin wrote, "was purchased from a Sioux woman's back, as she was carrying her infant in it…the bandages that pass around the cradle, holding the child in, are all the way covered with a beautiful embroidery of porcupine quills, with ingenious figures of horses, men, etc.…The infant is carried in this manner until it is five, six or seven months old, after which it is carried on the back."


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