314 N. River Street
East Dundee, IL 60118
Arts of Native America
Native American people are no exception when it
comes to giving their children dolls, and the doll making
tradition continues today with many tribes.
With many tribal groups, a child’s doll was made of
perishable materials, like cornhusk, palmetto fiber, and
even pine needles. As the dolls ultimately fell apart, it
was a sign that a child was growing up.
The Native American dolls were made from materials
readily available in the area, and were beautifully
adorned with clothing, beadwork, fur, and even hair
from the mother’s head.
The beauty of the Native American doll is that it is as
diverse as are the cultures of Native America, and won-
derfully reflect that cultural diversity.
Today many people, adults and children alike, include a
representation of Native American dolls in their collec-
tions. You can find a nice selection of dolls in our gal-
leries and on our website.
Apache Woman leather
doll from the early 1900s
with beaded collar and
1940’s Eskimo Lady.
Beaver parka and
pants and seal mitts.
1940’s Seminole Doll
made from palmetto
Iroquois corn husk
doll with buckskin
shirt and trade cloth