Dilcon Boarding School is in Arizona on the Navajo reservation--the largest Indian reservation in the United States. It is near Winslow, Arizona. This Navajo Cradle Board object movie was created by Dean Manygoats, the Tech Coordinator at Dilcon Boarding School. Here is what Kamisha and Melissa wrote about this cradle board. They are fifth graders in Mr. Ruehl's class:
After a baby is born a cradle is made for him or her. The cradle board is a resting place so the mother can do her daily chores.
On the cradle board the rainbow or the "headboard" is made of oak that is shaved and then bent into half a circle and is stuck near the top of the board and goes over the baby's head. The lightening bolt or lacing is made of a strip of leather, buckskin or cloth. Then it is inserted through the side loops, fastening the baby safely into the cradle board.
The cradle board was made by first man, talking god, coyote for changing woman. The cradle board is made out of strong pine tree.