Child of the River

 Born in America collection

“The land is our mother; the river’s our blood.” 


* Courtesy of a private collection

Child of the River (Salish)

29” Museum quality Salish Columbia River basket

Glass eyes, real hair

Traditionally, Northwest Coast babies

were transported along the Columbia River

in such baskets at this.

Baby wears a brain- tanned deer hide dress

adorned with elks’ ivory milk teeth and

Native- inspired accent beading.

Native- made colorful beaded floral design moccasins, and fur leggings peak from

under baby’s hide dress.

A beaver fur keeps baby cozy during

the river ride.

And a bit of whimsey, as baby catches

a jumping indigenous “squaw” fish

along the river’s journey.