"Apache Madonna"


Erwin Baer Unknown ina0111pa.jpg IN-A-0111 B&W 1500.0111.0001 ina0111pa Photo Card Print 6x9 Historic Photographs 1890s Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives


A unidentified Apache woman posing in a photography studio with a baby in a cradleboard.  This photograph is frequently referred to as the "Apache Madonna" is often copied and well known in Indian photography.

A cradleboard is a traditional kind of Native American baby carrier. The baby is swaddled (wrapped tightly in a small blanket) and strapped to a specially designed flat board,  Cradleboards are constructed in a variety of ways, depending on the tribe. The cradleboard frame is usually carved from wood, but some Native Americans weave the frame like a basket instead. Many tribes make cradleboards with wooden hoops attached to the top. This hoop acts like a roll bar to protect the baby's head if the cradleboard should fall over.

The cradleboard can then be carried in the mother's arms, worn on her back like a backpack for travel, propped up on the ground like a baby chair, or secured to a sled or travois for longer journeys. After horses were introduced to the Americas, cradleboards in some tribes began to be designed to hang off the side of a horse as well.

Source:  Website - https://www.native-languages.org › cradleboard







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