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Navajo Baby on Awéétsáál (Cradle Board)

The cradle board is constructed by the father of the infant, who selects cottonwood or pine for the back board. The right back board represents Nahasdzáán (Mother Earth), the left represents Yá’dilhil (Father Sky). These two back boards are laced together with buckskin; the upper end of the two back boards is cut and made into a V-shape. There are two small holes near the V-shape that represents Jeeyi’ (Ears).

Title: Life Among the Navajo
Creator: Veronica Evaneshko,
Date: 1950-60
Repository: Northern Arizona University. Cline Library
Call number: NAU.PH.2003.19.2


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