hair in two braids tied with ribbons, hide cords and metal disks; wearing hide dress with fringe and beads, beaded leggings and beaded moccasins; metal bracelet on each wrist, metal hoop earrings with green beads, beaded choker necklace and longer beaded necklace hanging below waist; stiff leather belt with knife sheath (and removable knife) and fringed pouch; bone tool with beaded cover pinned to proper right hand; beaded facial features

Female Doll, 20th century

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Among the Plains Indians, it was often the grandmother's responsibility to construct a child's first doll. The materials ranged from as basic as a carved stick and buckskin to highly decorated beaded leather. It was common to see Plains Indian girls carrying dolls in miniature cradleboards on their backs, learning traditional female roles from their mothers. This particular doll was probably not used for play but rather for show.

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Title
Female Doll
Role
Artist
Accession Number
98.155a-d
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hair in two braids tied with ribbons, hide cords and metal disks; wearing hide dress with fringe and beads, beaded leggings and beaded moccasins; metal bracelet on each wrist, metal hoop earrings with green beads, beaded choker necklace and longer beaded necklace hanging below waist; stiff leather belt with knife sheath (and removable knife) and fringed pouch; bone tool with beaded cover pinned to proper right hand; beaded facial features