Native American Girl Toddler Costume
- Headband w/ Attached Yarn Hair and Feather
- Pair of Ankle Fringes
- 100% Polyester
- Tan dress with fringe along the collar and bottom fastens in back of neck with hook & loop closure
- Red and blue cords hang from the center of the collar
- Ankle fringes have hook & loop closure
- Black yarn wig with two long braids and attached headband and feathers
Have you ever wondered what it was like to grow up as a little girl in an early Native American tribe?
Well if you have, then you’re in luck, because we’re here to tell ya! From the time they were a newborn to about two or three years old, Native American children spent all of their time close to their mother. The mother would go about her life and work carrying the young child on her back in a cradleboard (a cradleboard was a traditional kind of Native American baby carrier where the child is swaddled and strapped to a specially designed flat board, usually made of a wood plank or woven from basket fibers). As the children got a little older, they were expected to learn the ways and work of the tribe.
In true “It Takes a Village” fashion, young girls were taught by all the other women in the village and learned to do the work of making baskets, working the fields, and cooking. And while there wasn’t a traditional school, children learned history and moral rules from entertaining and meaningful stories told by the elders. Speaking of rules: If a child disobeyed, the regular punishment was to be teased in front of the tribe (instead of other then-standard methods of corporal punishment, the lack of which shocked European settlers who were early observers of Native American life). But if they obeyed or did something well, they were honored and praised in front of everyone!
Pretty cool way to grow up, if you ask us! Native history is so rich with fascinating history, traditions, and philosophies that this only touches the surface of what Native life was like for early tribes. If you’re as into learning about and honoring their culture as we are, then you’ll love this Native American Girl Toddler Costume! The tan dress with fringes and red and blue cords will help spark your child's imagination, and the ankle fringes and black yarn wig will let them step into a moment in time and see life through another person's eyes!