SOUTH KINGSTOWN â A baby girl, born at South County Hospital Monday night, was taken home on a traditional Native American cradleboard Wednesday.
The girl, Nizhoni Jean Spears, born to Endawnis and Cassius Spears, Jr., of Ashaway, was swaddled and laced into the cradleboard, or âawĂ©Ă© tâsaalâ in Navajo, a tradition stemming from her Navajo and Narragansett heritage.
Each aspect of the cedar cradleboard, the same one that was used for the babyâs mother, is symbolic.
Edawnisâ mother, Gloria Moore, of Oklahoma, explained the significance.
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