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.
This photo "Chipewyan babies" comes the Oblate Archives in Yellowknife and attributed to Fr. P. Duchaussois. It shows the same mothers as the 1914 photos above and the photo has been flipped. ...view this link
Video: Baby being wrapped in a moss bag.
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.
.....read more.....Barsou or baby swing
|Cree woman with moss for moss bag 1927. (location unknown) ... link|