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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 Indian child" (regardless of tribe). The word came originally from the Narragansett. In 1643 Roger Williams' recorded the word in his A Key Into the Language of America helping to popularize the word.[1]

The term also sometimes refers to Cradle boards and other child carriers, which were used by Native American Indians and went by many names, but in the United States and the United Kingdom, the term papoose is used to refer to a child carrier. [2]


  1. ^ Papoose. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved December 05, 2008, from website:
  2. ^ "Papoose Mei Tai "Tie" Baby Carrier (Ivory Straps & Reverse Side)". Retrieved 2008-12-05.  


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