“Pretty Eyes”, Navajo Baby, New Mexico

This image shows the traditional bundling done for newborn Navajo babies, on a device called a cradleboard. The child is identified as Be-Nah Na-Zuhn, which is translated as Pretty Eyes.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T. Art Colortone”

The description states:


The Navajo Indian baby is carried in a cradle similar to this from birth until large enough to learn to creep.

Tho wrapped and bound, even in the summer, they seem quite happy and greet all strangers with a smile.

–The main danger of this kind of swaddling is the possible development of hip displasia from an inability to move the legs at the hip. The practice is still widely used, but in western countries it is modified to address this kind of potential problem.

This image is from the 1940s.

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