La Loche in 1914. Mothers in front of a tent with the old La Loche Church in the background. The babies are all in moss bags and carried with a sling over the shoulders.
|Sayisi Dene near Nejanilini Lake in northern Manitoba in 1947. She has applied |
diapers of dried moss and swaddled the baby. Baby in moss bag
|Caroline Thorassie (the wife of William Thorassie), inspecting frozen chunks of moss which, when thawed, are used for diapers near Nejanilini Lake in northern Manitoba - Chipewyan/Dene - 1947|
Moss was used in moss bags because it was absorbent and sterile.Today diapers are used for the same purpose.
|moss bag Northern Plains 1865-1925|
|moss bag Dene 1865-1900|
|moss bag Northern Plains 1940-60|
|moss bag Algonquin 1865-1930|
|Northern Cree 1930's moss bag from Canoe Lake, Saskatchewan|
A hammock was another way of keeping the baby out of harms way in a tent or a house. It's simply a blanket folded around a rope attached to the walls. An additional rope was added to sway the hammock back and forth.
This sleeping baby is tied to the hammock with a piece of cloth. The photo was taken in La Loche around 1940.
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|Cree woman with moss for moss bag 1927. (location unknown) ... link|