A Chappewa (or Ojuibwa) Woman and Child, (painting)
King (copy after)
After original at Washington.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 78
A Chappewa (or Ojuibwa) [sic] woman and child. The design is to illustrate a nursing scene, in one of the positions occupied in this interesting ceremony. It is not usual for a Chappewa woman to be so well dressed, nor is this the general costume of the women. They usually wear a blue stroud petticoat, reaching a few inches below the knees, with leggings and moccosins [sic], and a callico, or stroud short gown. The board to which the child is strapped is a faithful representation of an Indian's cradle. When the mother is employed in her lodge, she rests this against a tree near at hand, or a part of the lodge. If it shall chance to fall, there is no harm done, for should it fall face foremost the projecting hoop in front guards the face; or if it fall in any other direction, the arms being confined, they are secure, as is the whole body of the child. When going from place to place, or on a journey, this cradle is placed on the back of the mother, and a bit of deer skin passing from the upper corners of the cradle or board, is brought round the forehead of the mother, as is shewn in no. 79. [P. 18; see entry 04480079 for other work noted in this commentary.]
Catalogue of One Hundred and Fifteen Indian Portraits, representing eighteen different tribes, accompanied by a few brief remarks on the character, &c. of most of them. Price 12 1/2 cents.