The lot features an excellent toy papoose cradleboard from the Northern Cheyenne Native American Indians dating to circa 1870-1880’s. The piece shows a solid wood backing which is covered in red stroud trade clothe which is trade thread sewn to the Indian tanned hide top being expertly covered in period correct petit cen trade beads being sinew sewn. Inside the papoose shows a trade canvas doll. The beadwork is all 19th Century period correct showing colors of Cheyenne pink, greasy yellow, greasy green, sky padre blue, red white hearts, medium green, chalk white, cobalt, lilac, and semi-transparent. The top shows faceted cut glass Czech beads with hide fringe and the center shows a red trade clothe stroud hoop with beaded accents. The bag shows wear with some loss to the beadwork and slight hide cracking. The hide is slightly stiff, but also supple and has a nice ocher mineral pigment dye. Provenance: From a large and important American Indian collection in Billings, Montana. The piece measures 17”L with fringe by 3.5”W.