Cradle charm - HD8617_1


Cradle charm

Maker: Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa)
Medium:Wood and thread
Geography: Great Lakes Region, North America
Date: c. 1900
Diameter 13 cm
Object number: HD8617
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Suspended from the arched hoop of the cradleboard, this device served the baby in two ways. As a “fascinator” it provided amusement and its spider web-like construction functioned as a metaphorical snare – keeping illness, evil forces, and bad dreams from reaching the infant. Anishinaabe netted hoop charms, such as this example from around 1900, inspired the modern dream catchers.

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