Glass interpositive plate
Overall: 43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.)
Gift of Dr. Terence and Joyce Isakov 2022.296
Until they could walk, Cree infants were swaddled in leather bags lined with dried moss.
The Cree, eight groups of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States, gathered moss, using it in herbal medicine, during menstruation, in the construction of roundhouses, and for childcare. Edward S. Curtis wrote, “in moist localities of the northern bush country the ground is thickly carpeted with Sphagnum. The moss is dried on racks, and is used as an absorbent in the tightly laced bags of infants.”
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