Framework of pointed sticks is decorated with brass tacks in a simple geometric pattern. Deerhide skinbag attached with deerskin thongs through holes in the frame. The skin bag is fully beaded except for back that is placed against the frame. It has been decorated with a geometric design consistig of triangles made up of a red side and a green divided by a line of alternating blue and white small rectangles and placed across is a mirror image of this triangle divided by a line made up of red and green blocks. The triangle is connected to a blue band. This design is repeated on the other side of the blue band. The area where the triangles connect with the blue band has been decorated with yellow ticks. This particular design is repeated 7 times. On the hood this design is bordered on two sides by a band of 4 triangles sitting on top of one another consisting of a green core followed by a red line, a yellow section and bordered by a blue line. The blue band also runs through this design dividing it in two pairs of 2. The edges have been decorated in the rolled edging method with a white band that has been interrupted with large and small green sections that are bordered on each side by a red, yellow, and blue line. Attached to the top of the skin bag is a rectangular deerhide flap decorated with a white background and a diamond with a green center followed by red, yellow, and blue lines. The whole design is bordered by a white band interrupted by red, yellow, blue, and green lines. The interior is lined with muslin.
This cradleboard was part of a large donation made in 2004, part of the Frances F. Hansen estate. Documents with the donation indicate this cradleboard is Arapaho. Her 2003 obituary (Legacy.com, accessed 5/15/2017) in part states: Frances Sue Nell Frakes Hansen, 87, passed away December 24, 2002. Her husband, Claude B. Hansen, died in 1999. Francis was born in Harrisburg, Boone County, MO on December 3, 1915. She moved to Denver during childhood to be with her sick father who was in and out of Denver hospitals. She obtained her graduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Denver, and her Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She taught art and was the head of the Art Department for 35 years at Colorado Women's College and Denver University. Frances volunteered at the Denver Museum of Natural History and was well-known for her expertise and collection of Plains Indians crafts. She and her husband were so well-versed in Indian culture that they taught the younger Indian generations in order to preserve the traditions. Her collection of dolls and Indian crafts will be enjoyed by many as she has asked that these items be donated to the Colorado History Museum.