Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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poqx'a g'ono (cradleboard)
  • unknown Ute maker
  • poqx'a g'ono (cradleboard), early 1900s
  • Where object was made: FOUR CORNERS AREA, United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, grey willow, wood, cloth, wire, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 69 x 35 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 27 1/8 x 13 3/4 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift of Orvel A. Criqui
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2320
Label Text

The cradleboard has a sunshade of bent twigs. The sunshade is held in place with twisted wire. The back of the cradleboard is rawhide over a wide, flat piece of wood, to which the sunshade is attached. The front is buckskin with buckskin laces. There is a wide strip of beading across the front, under the opening, with buckskin fringe under it and buckskin ties on the side. It has a green-blue field with two chevrons in red and white. Two red triangles, four yellow shapes with a black outline, four small dark blue triangles and four red lines occupy the space between the chevrons. There is an eight pointed star or flower in dark blue and dark yellow outside the chevrons. There are two small rectangles of black, one on each side of the laces, at an angle, each with two triangles in light blue and red.

The strip of beading at the front edge of the sunshade is backed with unbleached canvas-like cloth. It has a green-blue field. A repeat of a dark blue cross alternates with a triangle in red, white, dark blue, and dark yellow.