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Plains Indian Museum

Northern Arapaho 9 Northern Plains 99
porcupine quills 146 rawhide 1018 dew claws 97 tanned bison hide 29 dyed porcupine quills 86 wood 4438 tanned hide 162
cradle 58
L: 32 in, width: 12.5 in, Diameter: 6.625 in
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The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe
Composite piece with older and slightly more contemporary elements. Arapaho style cradle with bent wood frame, with rawhide piece attached as backboard. Covered with pieced tanned bison hide (fur on interior side) that encircles the backboard, wrapping around the top and is wrapped across itself in front. Very top has a quilled disk in alternating circles of purple/black dyed and natural colored porcupine quills, with hourglass to top and bottom that has red and yellow dyed quills. A lower tanned hide fringe is attached, made of nine (9) hide segments, bottom hide portion wrapped in white quills, and then quilled loops in orange, dark and natural, and strung through dew claws. On back of top is pointed like a hood, with another hide fringe tab made into nine (9) segments with quilled loops and dew claws. Rawhide strip segment (3”W) is attached around with face of the cradle with the rawhide strips wrapped in dyed quills: red, green, black and white striped. The 14 hide strips attached to back of cradle used to encircle and hold the cradle cloth together are ‘newer’ additions in red, blue, black, white striped segments. Hide strap attached on back for carrying.
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