Dakota cradleboard

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Titles Dakota cradleboard
Description A cradleboard made by Hope Two Hearts and Galen Drapeau (Isanti and Ihanktonwan Dakota, respectively), circa 1980. This cradleboard, which won best traditional art at the Sante Fe Indian Market Show, was originally made for Hanhepi Maniwin. An image of her in this cradleboard was featured in promotional materials for Hope and Galen's business, the Elk's Camp Society.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 46 inches length
12 inches width (at widest point)
10 inches depth (with hood extended)
Nomenclature cradleboard
Materials wood
quill (spine material)
brass (alloy)
paint (coating)
Creation Made by: Drapeau, Hope
Made by: Drapeau, Galen
Made for: Hanhepi Maniwin
Made by: Dakota Indians
Made by: Santee Indians
Made by: Yankton Indians
Subjects Owned by: Locke, Jim
Sante Fe, New Mexico, United States
Indian. Transportation. Land
Dates Creation: Approximately 1980
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 1997.131.1 (Accession Number)

User Comments

  • Lizzie Ehrenhalt on March 16, 2016 02:43:16 PM
    In the description field, "Ihanktowan" should be "Ihanktonwan" (the 'N' is missing).
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on March 16, 2016 04:06:08 PM
    Thanks very much; the record has been updated.
  • Jamie on August 23, 2016 01:20:08 PM
    Where is the original cradleboard? not interested in images, but would like to view the actual cradle board.
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on August 23, 2016 02:06:26 PM
    Jamie, this cradleboard is currently on display at the Minnesota History Center in the 'Then Now Wow' exhibit (http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/exhibits/then-now-wow). Museum admission prices apply. When objects are not on display, researchers are asked to review the 'Request for Access to Artifact Collection' page (http://www.mnhs.org/forms/ArtfctCollAccss.php) and submit a request to collections@mnhs.org.
  • Georgina "HanHepi ManiWI" Drapeau on June 3, 2018 01:08:50 PM
    To think 29 years ago I lay in this beautiful cradle board! I am wondering how I can get this back?
  • Photo and Art Database Admin on June 7, 2018 04:17:37 PM
    In 1997, the MNHS purchased this cradleboard from an agent acting on behalf of the artists who created it. Since its acquisition, the cradleboard has remained a deeply valued item in the permanent collections, which are held in public trust. The cradleboard is often accessed for research by the community and has been used in exhibitions to highlight Dakota culture. As this piece showcases important indigenous Minnesota artists and fits within the scope of collecting, MNHS has no plans to deaccession it. An MNHS Curator will contact you via email for further discussion.

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