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cradleboard cover
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • cradleboard cover, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, wool, cloth, quills, rawhide, feathers, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 118 x 30.5 x 22 cm height includes buckskin fringe
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 46 7/16 x 12 x 8 5/8 in height includes buckskin fringe
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2323

The long, wide strip of decorated buckskin is doubled over to form the hood and an undecorated panel of buckskin is sewn into the back to close the hood.The decoration is vertical stripes of faded red quills, spaced about one inch apart, with blocks of faded green (I think) at the bottom, halfway up, and at the apex. The top is also decorated with a red semicircle, two long, narrow semicircles and two short tear-drops shapes. The semicircles are all red, with green outlines, and the tear drops appear to once have been striped in red and green. There is a panel of quill-wrapped rawhide strips, in stripes of red and green, that attached behind the one semicircle, and are decorated with buckskin fringe. The buckskin panel is also edged in beads, mostly white, but blocks of dark blue and green at the top and bottom and green, red and dark blue half way up (even with the green quills). Yellow feathers appear to have decorated the buckskin over the top of the green quills.

The bottom half of the cover is undecorated red wool. The interior of the entire cover is lined with dark yellow cloth, which is an edging at the bottom of the red wool.