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medium and large cradleboards
Agnes Goudy Lopez made medium and large cradleboards for her grandson Michael. Beads and shells hang from the hoop to entertain the baby.
 
Cradleboards
"My grandmas told me that you don’t decide when the child is going to give up the cradleboard, it’s the child that’s going to decide. They say the sooner that a child leaves or pushes away the cradleboard and doesn’t want to use it—that means they’re going to mature a lot faster." —Maynard WhiteOwl Lavadour

"I learned to make these cradleboards by watching Mom, by helping her or helping my grandmother. Altogether I’ve made three sizes—infant, medium, and large. In my family, all the relatives that I know of kept their babies in boards. They like their boards. They want to stay in them and sleep in them." —Agnes Goudy Lopez

"When you know of a child being born, then you prepare. You start making their clothes. We get the baby boards ready, and we have to keep to tradition. When a baby board is made, it has to be made in a day. You begin at the break of day and it has to be done before evening so the child will grow up to be a good person." —Sophie George
 
 
 
 
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