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Catalog Number 1978.101.001.1
Object Name Cradleboard
Collection Letitia O. Shankle Estate
Year Range from 1845
Year Range to 1911
Tribe Cheyenne/Kiowa/Comanche
Description Kiowa beaded cradleboard cover on a Comanche frame with a Comanche urine shield (si'wuparru ) for use with little boys; buckskin, canvas, seed beads, wood, brass, ceramic beads, ceramic ornaments; fully beaded, predominately blue, yellow, white, lavender, green, red; circular and triangular motif; buckskin stained yellow; attached to "A" frame; frame stained red and green with tacks in diamond motif; leather strap attached in back; cotton thread beading.
Dimensions W-33 L-116 cm
Material buckskin, beads, wood, canvas
Provenance In a photograph page 8, "Gifts of Pride and Love: Kiowa and Comanche Cradles" edited by Barbara A. Hall from the Sam deVenny Collection.
From letter dated Aug. 4, 1978 from Mr. Reeves to Mr. Shoemake:
"The only information we have about the history of the cradleboard is the photostatic copy of a handwritten statement from Mrs. Shankle dated February 18, 1974, in which she writes: "...My old Kiowa Baby board--Quannah Parker's family heirloom is to be given to State Okla. Hist. Society at Oklahoma city". We will ask an expert in this area to look at the cradleboard to see if we can gain additional information, which we will forward on to you. Though Quannah Parker was Comanche, he certainly could have owned a Kiowa cradleboard. It's an interesting question, and we'll try to learn more about the answers."
Search Terms children
Native American
Category Native American Misc.