Nez Perce

Interpretive text from Nimiipuu Tribal Committee:
"This cradleboard is constructed with very valuable materials, including tradegoods, which were imported from various parts of Europe. In addition, important locally available materials of high value were used in the construction and decoration, such as elk ivories and dentalium. Cradleboards were a significant element in the formative years of an infant's development and these items were treasured heirlooms, that would be passed down from each generation."


  • Title: Cradleboard (tıkéˀs)
  • Contributor: Nez Perce National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Original Source: Nez Perce Tribe Wetxuuwíitin Collection
  • National Park Service Catalog Number: NEPE 33887
  • Medium: Deer hide, sinew, glass beads, wood, elk teeth, shell
  • Measurements: Length 78.0, Width 25.0, Depth 17.0, Fringe length 31.0 cm
  • Date: ca. 1846

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