NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN YAKAMA ADORABLE TOY CRADLE AND MATCHING DOLL is completely handmade with love! This set has possibly one of the sweetest matching native doll that I have ever seen!
CRADLE & CONDITION: Interestingly made with a combination of native tanned moose hide and commercial tanned cream smooth hide to create an obvious contrast of the top from the bottom. Cradle is laced with hand cut thongs of commercial gold hide. Bead work on the cradle is done in glass seed beads consisting of: opaque royal blue, milky white, and transparent amber. There are also a few amber bugle beads. Bead work is tight, and appears to be sinew sewn. A steamed, unpeeled bent wood branch is used for the "hoop" or "rainbow". This protects the baby's face if the cradle falls forward. The back board is a hand cut thin board in the correct shape. The board itself is not covered. The baby "bag" is laced on the board with matching native moose hide. The back of the board has a gold commercial leather strap for hanging or carrying. From the top of the board a pair of matching native hide thongs come down and loop around the hoop and then continue down to the bottom of the cradle where they are tied together. These thongs are strung with royal blue and white glass crow beads. In the center of the hoop is another leather thong with matching crow beads and a pair of brass trade bells. The CONDITION of the cradle is good! The wood has yellowed and aged to a nice golden brown. Cradle appears to have been loved and used in play by some lucky little girl. The laces on the bag have pulled and torn a little from use. I would not recommend hanging with the strap on the back, I prefer to hang with a nice weight of clear fishing line for the cradle's safety. Strap appears good and strong, but I stay on the safe side. Cradle is stuffed with new, clean polyester fill and covered with a black nylon fabric (this is showing the color of the background in the photographs).
DOLL & CONDITION: Simply the most amazing, endearing, and happiest faced doll I have ever seen! She just makes you smile when you look at her! Her body is stuffed with a soft but firm fill (cotton?). Her under body is covered in heavy muslin or a flour or sugar sack. She is completely hand sewn. Her round leather face has molded cheek bones, mouth and nose. Her eyes are glass beads sewn into the slit of the leather. Black cotton thread out lines her eyes like eye lashes. A heavier black thread is used for her eye brows. Her sunken lips are sewn and accented with red cotton thread. Her hair is heavy yarn and appears to have been cut at chin level at a later time. Perhaps her original little girl was made to cut her braids for Indian school so she cut her doll's hair also. Her smooth leather dress is laced up the sides. Her fringe is all hand cut and there is an "extension" of matching laced leather to the back of her dress adding more fringe. Her arms are covered with native leather ending in smooth gold leather hands with fingers (now crumpled with play). Her legs are leather covered to the top of her darker suede leather leggings. The leggings sit just below her moccasin tongues, but do sit on top of her moccasins. Her moccasins are a gold commercial smooth leather and match the leather of her hands. SPECIAL NOTE: Her moccasins are made correct for her tribe and many of the Plateau nations, there is a small leather tab at each of the heels. Leggings and moccasins are edge beaded in glass white and red seed beads. Around the moccasins the beads are laid flat which is a rare style of trim for Native Americans! She wears a two strand necklace of matching seed beads around her neck. If you look closely at the back of her dress below her neck and towards her left shoulder, you can see where the necklace laid under her while she was in the cradle and made an indention in her leather. Her dress and fringe is also folding up in some spots from being place in and out of the cradle. The cradle and the doll match and have always been together.
CIRCA: 1920's to 1950's
SIZES: CRADLE: 18" Length (top of tab to bottom) by 8" Wide (hoop back to hoop back): DOLL: 11 3/4" Tall by 7 1/4" Wide, Shoulder to Shoulder is 4".
SPECIAL NOTE: The Yakima (Yakama) predominately lin the the USA state of Washington. Their very close neighbors are the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walala. The cradles of the these tribes can look very similar due to their close proximity to one another and they all belong to a group known as "Sahaptins".
Apologies! Didn't realize the photo processing would not pick up the stuffing fabric in the cradle correctly! It is black, scroll through the pictures, sorry!
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