Marianne Millar “Child Of The Salish”
The Columbia Plateau lies between the Rockies and the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon and runs north into the mountains of British Columbia. The people who lived in the northern area of the Plateau were predominantly of the Interior Salish group. This group consisted chiefly of the Lillooet, the Thompson Indians of the Fraser River Valley, the Okanagon, the Lake Indians, and the Shuswap; five tribes that were similar in culture and inhabited the mountainous regions of southern British Columbia and northern Washington and Idaho.
Plateau cradles were traditionally made by the aunt of the child, a family way of welcoming and nurturing the newborn. These cradles were generally constructed of a flat wooden frame, rounded at the top and tapering at the bottom, with tanned leather stretched over it. The infant was securely laced into the pouch, and a cloth hood would protect the baby’s head from the sun and rain. These “vertical cradles” allowed the children to view the world from the same perspective as their parents.
“Child Of The Salish”
Acrylic mixed media 36″ x 18″
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