With such words, Kiowa and Comanche people express their deep
connection to their traditional lattice cradles. Prevalent from
1870 to 1930, these cradles represented a unique, yet extremely
practical, art form. These "gifts of pride and love" reflected
close networks, which remained intact despite the difficult
transition to reservation life, new religions, government boarding
schools, and allotment of tribal lands.
This book, a beautiful homage to the artisans who crafted
cradleboards, includes a history of the origins of lattice cradles
as well as essays by eleven descendants of cradle makers. Forty
color and over eighty black-and-white photographs vividly display
the creativity and imagination found in these lovingly produced
cradles. Reminding people of the Kiowas' and the Comanches' long,
arduous struggles to create and maintain a viable identity, the
cradles featured in this book connect us to the past.
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