Painted Lakota Cradleboard
Cradle boards have been used for generations among the Lakota. Each one is unique and, like this one, usually feature some form of ornate hood, and traditional geometric designs. Some are beaded, or painted, but all are one of a kind and are one of the most treasured possessions in a person's life. This particular cradle board features a soft hide shell with beaded hood and brass accents as well as rivets inlayed on the top of the board itself. The side of the shell is decorated with a star design in the same colors as the Lakota Medicine Wheel. It was hand made by local artist William Dubray.