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 â€śawĂ©Ă© tâ€™saalâ€ť 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 babyâ€™s mother, is symbolic.
Edawnisâ€™ mother, Gloria Moore, of Oklahoma, explained the significance.
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