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A child carrier, especially ones resembling those of Native Americans, is sometimes referred to as a Papoose.

A papoose (from the Algonquian papoos, meaning "child") is an American English loanword whose present meaning is "a Native American child" (regardless of tribe) or, even more generally, any child, usually used as a term of endearment, often in the context of the child's mother. The word came originally from the Narragansett tribe. In 1643, Roger Williams recorded the word in his A Key Into the Language of America, helping to popularize it.[1]

Papoose carrier[edit]

Cradle boards and other child carriers used by Native Americans are known by various names. In the United Kingdom, the term "papoose" is sometimes used to refer to a child carrier.


  1. ^ Papoose. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved December 05, 2008, from website: