The museum in Cody, Wyo., exhibits this colorful baby cradle along with other Indian artifacts.
Crow Indian elders would present an ornate cradle like this one—of wood and deerskin with bead ornaments—to an expectant mother as a traditional gift. Made on a reservation around 1900, it celebrates the time when the tribe still followed the bison herds. Today, you’ll find it alongside bear-claw necklaces, shields, and a bow case studded with porcupine quills at the Plains Indian Museum, one of five museums that make up the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. (307) 587-4771, www.bbhc.org/pim.
Photography courtesy Buffalo Bill Historical Center
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