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My First Baby Belt
My First Baby Belt
mooseskin, beads, wool, metal measuring spoons and cups
~72"x12"x1"
2007

"Baby belts," or "burden straps," are a traditional object in the Athabaskan culture in interior Alaska. The belts are intented to assist in carrying a baby against the mother's back by supporting the baby from underneath. The belts are generally heavily beaded and adorned.