Baby carrier

Used to carry and protect babies.

Royal Ontario Museum

Wood; cedar root; cherry bark; grass
Length 62.0 cm Width 26.5 cm Depth 10.5 cm
HN1301
©1996 - the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto). All Rights Reserved.


CULTURAL CONTEXT : Infant care; used to protect and transport infants.

DESCRIPTION : This deep-rimmed cradle is made with the coiled weaving technique of split cedar root wrapped around a coil foundation of wood and grass. The back of the cradle is flat and oval. The sides have an imbricated pattern of brown and black in a chevron design. There is a slot in the centre of the squared end of the cradle through which a wood tube was inserted as a conduit for the baby’s urine. Gift of Mrs. Leila Senkler.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA : Plateau

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP : Salishan

CULTURE : Interior Salish

PROVINCE : British Columbia

PERIOD : early-mid 20th Century

MATERIAL : Wood; cedar root; cherry bark; grass

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE : Woven; coiled weaving

DECORATIVE TECHNIQUE : Imbricated
CULTURAL CONTEXT : Infant care; used to protect and transport infants.

DESCRIPTION : This deep-rimmed cradle is made with the coiled weaving technique of split cedar root wrapped around a coil foundation of wood and grass. The back of the cradle is flat and oval. The sides have an imbricated pattern of brown and black in a chevron design. There is a slot in the centre of the squared end of the cradle through which a wood tube was inserted as a conduit for the baby’s urine. Gift of Mrs. Leila Senkler.

GEO-CULTURAL AREA : Plateau

ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUP : Salishan

CULTURE : Interior Salish

PROVINCE : British Columbia

PERIOD : early-mid 20th Century

MATERIAL : Wood; cedar root; cherry bark; grass

METHOD OF MANUFACTURE : Woven; coiled weaving

DECORATIVE TECHNIQUE : Imbricated

©1996 - the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto). All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Identify some traditional materials and manufacture methods utilized by Canadian Plateau peoples
  • Identify some objects made by Canadian Plateau peoples and their uses

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