This beaded buckskin doll was made by the Sioux people of present day North and South Dakota. Sioux children would use these dolls to play camp, complete with miniature tipis and horses. Doll making was an important opportunity for a young girl to learn how to tan hides, sew, make clothing, and make beadwork. This doll’s attire represents female Sioux clothing at its most formal. This type of dress, with a fully beaded yoke, was heavy and uncomfortable and would only be worn for special occasions. The two long white earrings on either side of the doll’s face probably represent dentalium (shell) earrings fashionable among wealthy Sioux women of the time.
Curated by Lauren Fountain
Head-buckskin with hair/fur, traces of yellow paint, glass beads, stone pendants on earrings, beaded necklace with stone pendant. Body-cotton cloth stuffed with wool, fur or grass. Dress- moccasins, dress and belt- buckskin, ‘gut’ for sewing, glass beads. Drops from awl case- tin cones, dyed horse hair, cotton string and thread.
American: Great Plains, North/South Dakota
About the Original Item
- Date Added
- May 2, 2011
- Fleming Museum
- Item Type
- Sioux Nation, “Sioux Doll,” Omeka@CTL, accessed June 4, 2020, http://ctl.w3.uvm.edu/omeka/items/show/605.
- Associated Files