About this object

History of use

Basketry cradles are thought to be of relatively recent origin by some basketry experts, such as Andrea Laforet of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. They may first have appeared in the late 1800s or early 1900s. In the early to mid 20th Century basket makers began expanding their reportoire of shapes and styles for collectors, and many new forms were seen including tea cups, tables, suitcases, and hand bags to name a few.

Cultural context

cash economy; craft market; basketry; children

Physical description

Cradle constructed out of rounded rectangular coiled cedar root basketry. The cradle is formed by an elongated shape with a rounded top end and an angled foot with squared corners. The sides have a bundle foundation with split stitches and are completely imbricated with light yellow-brown grass and red and black cherry bark in a geometric design forming 11 wide v's joined by wide multicoloured bands. The bottom has a slat foundation.