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  • Jon
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    I tried looking in american museum of nat history site for a better photo (amnh.org/anthropology) Some really nice photos there. Try that see if you can see if they have one to begin a pattern? dont know?

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  • ~*~MizzQaqimat~*~
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    Does anyone know how to make this type of cradleboard? (I've attatched the pic to the post) Or does anyone know someone who can make them? I'm looking for one like that, or a Mi'kmaq style one. If anyone has any info, pm me please or e-mail at [email protected]

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  • Jon
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    I just finished one. (Lakota cradle board), need to know how to attach straps to the back to carry the little bugger... :)

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  • DeusExMachina
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    My sister is having a boy and i want to make a cradle board. she's paiute and her hubby is sho-ban, so I want to make it in that style. if and body has pics/instructions I would be eternally in your debt

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  • OLChemist
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    The size is dependent on the overall size of the cradle. The top part of the stiffener used in the side must be wide enough to support the beadwork at the top. Then it tappers off sharply at the sides, where the child's head woul be. Then it is fairly thin -- a couple inches -- at the side, so the sides wrap snuggly around the child.

    Sorry, I can't give you numbers, I kind of work it out as it goes. That is how my great aunt did it. Now to be fair the one I saw her make was used to hold a new born for baptism and was small. I've been told in the old days, having two soft cradles wasn't uncommon. One for when the baby was small and one for when they were bigger. The ones I've seen in museums bear this out. There are a range of sizes. I've even seen one that looked like it might have been taken apart, extended and remade as the child got bigger.

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  • Dakota Wica'hpi Ina
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    Originally posted by OLChemist
    I never had a choice of what kind of rawhide to use.

    In mine, I use a rectangle with rounded corners. And I taper it off, as I go down the sides.
    But what is max to min width?

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  • Tibiki Kinew
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    The Cradle Board I have is made with a cedar board, the board is 1 foot wide at the foot end and 20 inches wide at the top, the length is 30 inches. The board is hand hewn and is about 1 inch thick. The surface is done with buckskin, a split down the middle with lacing to hold the baby in. The inside backing is covered in racoon skin and the beading was done in a blend of quills and trade beads. The head end has a bent thin ash handle, it has as you all know two functions, one to carry the young one and second if it tips to protect the babies head. in the center of the top and bottom center of the board are holes drilled through to make it like a modern day back pack strap holding assembly. The cradle like this is woodland back ground, Ojiway.
    The bent hadle also holds small spiritual toys for the baby to focus on.

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  • WocusWoman
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    Originally posted by blacktail
    does anybody still use cradleboards?
    Of course; I used mine with both my kids 15 and 12 years ago. They loved it and would sleep very peacefully in theirs. My mom has made a new cradle board for each of her 7 grand-children over the years.

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  • Dakota Wica'hpi Ina
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    Originally posted by OLChemist
    I never had a choice of what kind of rawhide to use.

    In mine, I use a rectangle with rounded corners. And I taper it off, as I go down the sides.
    But how wide is the piece?

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  • OLChemist
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    I never had a choice of what kind of rawhide to use.

    In mine, I use a rectangle with rounded corners. And I taper it off, as I go down the sides.

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  • Dakota Wica'hpi Ina
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    Next question- Is buff or cow rawhide better and do you use it in a rectangle to form a U shape?

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  • OLChemist
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    I used two cross pieces. You can use more. I did my frame in 1/4' thick red oak and used mortise and tenison joints and wood glue in addition to rawhide ties.

    I'd use more, if I was just using the ties or a softer wood.

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  • tipis
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    24 on a 36" stick could work.

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  • Dakota Wica'hpi Ina
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    So a good proportion for the side supports of say a 24" long cradle would be 36" ? I'm not quite a modern girl but technology is a good thing LOL

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  • tipis
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    There are 4 members to the frame. The long sticks are about 36 to 48 in. tall and the the cross sticks ...top can be 12" to 15" with the bottom stick 7 to 10" or so. All of this can varry with the maker. Now know...Lakota cradles did not have sitcks...they were known for the soft cradles if you are sticking to traditional styles. But,if you are a todays girl...it doesn't matte.

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