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Mojave Desert Indians - Historic Desert Indian Territories Map:
Indian Culture
(Owens Valley Paiute, Tubatulabal, Western Mono, Yokuts)


Cradles

The Yokuts used three types of cradles. The first consists of a flat rectangle or trapezoid of basketry, verticle and horizontal rods being lashed together. It is equipped with a hood. (Kroeber, 1925:534, plate 40, h, i, j.) This type, much better made, was used by the Owens Valley Paiute (Steward, 1933:273, plate 8-d and plate 9-a,b). The western Mono (Kroeber, 1925:534), and undoubtedly the Tubatulabal, also used this type. It indicates trans-Sierran diffusion. The second consists of half a dozen sticks lashed across a large wooden fork. This type has a restricted distribution (Kroeber, 534, plate 40-in). The third is presumably related to the first and consists of a mat of twined tules with loops along the edges. (Kroeber, 1925:534, plate 40-g.)

All these tribes indicate the infant's sex by a design on the hood, a zigzag designating a girl, a row of horizontal dashes a boy. This seems to be of Shoshonean origin.

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