Moss bag-Annabelle2 **Lisa Shepherd** Métis

Lisa Shepherd: Commissioned by Gabriel Dumont Institute Museum, and part of their permanent collection

1950s Ojibway (First Nations) Moss bag at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto - From the curators' comments: "Children were kept in moss bags for both sleeping and transportation. A diaper consisted of a rectangular cloth lined with sphagnum moss. Additional moss was placed between the baby's legs. The baby was wrapped in several layers of cotton cloth and then laced into the moss bag. In winter beaver fur and hair skins were added for extra warmth."

1950s Ojibway (First Nations) Moss bag at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto - From the curators' comments: "Children were kept in moss bags for both sleeping and transportation. A diaper consisted of a rectangular cloth lined with sphagnum moss. Additional moss was placed between the baby's legs. The baby was wrapped in several layers of cotton cloth and then laced into the moss bag. In winter beaver fur and hair skins were added for extra warmth."

Ojibwe Moss Bag

Northern Cree c. Moss bags are used to carry babies. The name refers to the sphagnum moss placed inside the bags. Wrapped inside cloth or hid, the absorbent moss acts as a diaper.

Marilyn Debassige Presenting "How We Prepare a Sacred Bundle for Our Ancestors:  "An Oral History of Ojibwe Baby Moss Bag Teachings."

Marilyn Debassige Presenting "How We Prepare a Sacred Bundle for Our Ancestors: An Oral History of Ojibwe Baby Moss Bag Teachings.

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