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Catalog Number 2011.02.06
Object Name Cradle, Basket
Collection Dorothy Hill Cradleboard Collection
Description (Heather Martin 5/23/16) This is a miniature baby carrier made with a wood frame. Following Farmer's classification, this cradle is designated as having a forked stick frame (Farmer 2013:18). One end of the fork is looped over and lashed to the other end with hide. The front of the frame is covered with horizontal shoots that are lashed to the frame with commercial string to create a platform for the baby to lay on. There is a long string extending from each end.

This baby carrier is typical of those made by Maidu cultures, which corroborates the information in the object record. The Maidu commonly made forked frame cradles with a platform made with horizontal shoots (Farmer 2013: 145; Shanks 2006:147).

(Don Hankins 10/27/2016) Unfinished miniature baby cradle. Ceanothus frame with sandbar willow ladder back. Cotton string to bind willow sticks. Chamois used to lash frame loop. Maidu.

(Sue Campbell 5/2/2017) This is a small doll-size cradle basket. It is just the back of the basket- there is no hood on it. It has an oak fork and one side that is longer is brought over from maybe left to right, and then adhered to the right side of the stick. What they did is they used a hide, and they wet it, and then they wrapped it to keep the two sides together- the fork and the looping over- and they let it dry and so it really tightened it down. What they used to put on the willow- looks like a grey willow stick- is string. They tied the strings on both sides and wrapped going from, it looks like from right to the left, and looped over and over to get the sticks to stay on the sides of the basket- on both sides. So they have string, and they have the grey willow, and they have the oak fork, and it has the white deer hide that was wetted to adhere it.
Material oak, hide, string
Place of Origin northern California
Provenance Maidu (Heather Martin)
Maidu (Maggie Hill)
Maidu (Don Hankins 10/27/2016)
Dimensions H-11.05 W-11.5 L-35.5 cm
Imagefile 004\20110206-2.JPG
Caption 2011.02.06 image showing the cradle right side down