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For general household chores, such as binding dried birds or suspending herbs from the top of a longhouse, hogan, or tepee, Native Americans have traditionally made babiche, the Algonquian-Canadian French term for a lacing or cord cut from semi-softened rawhide, leather, bark, pelts, or sinew. These thongs might be used to tie back skin tepee walls to allow cooking fumes to escape or to lace and hang a cradleboard, a flat board to which the mother strapped an infant to keep it safe while she attended to household chores.