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Catalog Number 2011.02.25
Object Name Cradle, Basket
Collection Dorothy Hill Cradleboard Collection
Collector Dorothy Hill
Description (Heather Martin 6/13/2016) This is a baby carrier with a tump line. Following Farmer's classification, this cradle is designated as s sit-down cradle in the Nail Keg style (Farmer 2013:19). The basket is constructed using willow (Salix sp.) warp sticks that are secured using a decorative braid of cotton string. The warps are bent in an upward pointing arch to form the sides and bottom of the carrier. The back is filled in using a second arch in that resembles an inverted rainbow. The negative space created by the second arch is filled using straight warp sticks. The upper four rows of braiding extend from side-to-side, securing the straight warps in the center. The five warp sticks closest to the front of the carrier extend beyond the top for about two inches, each with their own row of braiding. There is a stick, more bulky than the weft sticks, which is bent into a circle and lashed to the uppermost braided row. A portion of this circle extends beyond the front of the carrier and may serve as protection for the baby as well as a handle. A series of cotton cords, created using the crochet method of chaining, is attached to the interior to secure the baby to the carrier. A length of machine-sewn cotton canvas is attached to the carrier at each end by weaving it between the wefts to the interior and then once more to the exterior. This is likely a tump line, a strap that extends across the forehead or shoulders of the person carrying the baby.

This baby carrier is typical of the style made only by the Pomo (Farner 2013:19). This is verified by the documentation of the carrier that names the weaver as Salome Alcantra, a known Pomo weaver featured in the book Remember Your Relations: The Elsie Allen Baskets, Family, and Friends by Suzanne Abel-Vidor, Dot Brovarney, and Susan Billy. The documentation for this cradle includes a photograph of Salome Alcantra with the baby carrier, presumably at the time it was purchased from her by Dorothy Hill.
Material willow, cotton
Place of Origin Forestville, CA
Provenance Pomo (documentation)
Pomo (Heather Martin 6/13/2016)
Dimensions H-1.7 W-34 L-45 cm
Imagefile 004\20110225-3.JPG
Caption 2011.02.25 image of the cradle from the side