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, cloth, wire, cord, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 59 x 29 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: approximately 23 1/4 x 11 3/8 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Orvel A. Criqui
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2321
Label Text

The cradle board has a sunshade of bent grey willow twigs, held in place with three arches of twisted wire and cord. The back of the cradleboard in rawhide. The front is buckskin with buckskin laces. There is a line of light blue beads down either side of the buckskin, near the side seams, with alternating dark blue and red triangles. There is a beaded panel across the top of the buckskin front, with short buckskin fringes and buckskin ties on the sides. The white field has a total of six triangles: three are primarily red with designs in yellow, light blue, white and dark blue, the other three triangles are dark blue, green, white, red and yellow.

There is a beaded strip across the front edge of the twig sunshade. It is backed with unbleached cloth and topped with scallops of buckskin, edged with dark blue and green. The beaded panel has three repeats of a bowtie-like design in green, red and yellow. These are separated by red diamonds outlined with dark blue. There is a dark blue hourglass-like shape at either end of the panel.