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The beauty of these little characters is that they truly reflect the culture in which they were created.  We believe that you will enjoy our small doll collection, and perhaps would like to give one of them a nice home.

#6032 Ojibwe Horse and Rider by Ramona Morrow (Ojibwe) 13" x 17.5" $800

Mary Lou Big Day (Crow) Collection - IACA Artist of the Year

#5985f Crow Doll Pair
Mary Lou
Big Day
8" $400
#5986s Crow Doll
Mary Lou
Big Day
8" $200
#5987 Crow Doll
Mary Lou
Big Day
8" $200
#5988f Crow Doll
Mary Lou
Big Day
8" $200 Sold
#5989 Crow Doll
Mary Lou
Big Day
8" $200
#5990s Crow Doll Pair
Mary Lou
Big Day
8" $400
 
#6043f Contemporary Sioux Doll w display stand. 17" $460 Sold
#6044f Plateau
1940's cradleboard of wide wale cordoury.
13" $360
#6045f Navajo doll with petticoats. 14.25" $180
#6046f 1940's Plateau doll in cradleboard.

Some missing beads.
8.5" $270
#6047f Cheyenne beaded doll with cradleboard and infant. 10.25" $465
#6048f 1930's - 40's doll of unknown origin 10" $360
#6049f Navajo doll couple circa 1980s 12" $180

#4778s Skookum Doll

From the 1940's, a Skookum Indian Baby.
11.5"

$100
#5050f Mary Francis Woods Doll Early 1920's rare male with no feet.  Crepe paper face with stick-pin eyes.
12"

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$465
#5051f Mary Francis Woods Doll 1930's Crepe paper face with stick-pin eyes. Cradleboard and baby on back.
12"
$425 Sold
#5053f Mary Francis Woods Doll 1930's Mother and Child.
10.25"
$465

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#2363s Navajo Navajo doll depiction of the "Trading Post Lady."
11.75"
$80 Sold
#4876s Navajo 1940's Navajo Doll.
15"
$200
#4884s Oneida 1960's Oneida Corn Husk Doll.
13.5"
$90 Sold
#4902 Skookum Doll 1940's Skookum Doll.
14.5"
$175
#4906 Woodlands 1930's Woodlands Doll with cradleboard.
10"
$325
#5044f Woodlands 1930's Woodlands Doll.
12"
$460
#5046f Woodlands 1940's or 50's Mother, Father and Baby in cradleboard.
13.25"
$460 Sold
#5047f Unknown 1940's carved wooden face, deerskin dress, carved wooden elks-tooth decorations.
13"
$465
#4907 Sioux 1940's Sioux Doll
12.5"
$300
#4908 Plains 1920's Plains Doll
7"
$150 Sold
#4909 Plains 1940's Plains Doll
9"
$200
#4910 Crow Crow Doll and Cradleboard.
12"
$400 Sold
#4911 Navajo Traditional Navajo Doll.
7"
$50
#4912 Blackfoot 1940's Blackfoot Doll.
9"
$250
#4913 Navajo Traditional Navajo Doll.
6"
$50
#4914 Plains Beaded Plains Doll.
7"
$300 Sold
#4915 Blackfeet

1940's Blackfeet Doll.
9.5"

 
$250
#4916 Plains Beaded Plains Doll.
8"
$250
#4917 Plains 1940's Beaded Plains Doll.
10"
$250
#4918 Eskimo Traditional Eskimo Doll.
6.5"
$90
#4919 Cheyenne 1940's Cheyenne Beaded Doll
9.5"
$250
#4875s Plains w Manufactured Head This doll has a body from the 1930's with a retro fitted 1950's head.
8.75"
$390
#4878s Sioux 1950's Sioux beaded doll.
7"
$150 Sold
#4871s Sioux Contemporary Sioux Doll
13"
 
$125 Sold
#4877s Plains 1920's Plains Indian Doll
12"
$460

#4786s Sioux 1950's or '60's Sioux Doll carrying a shield.
10"
$460 Sold

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Mary Francis Woods was born in Michigan.

After her early school years she traveled to Chicago to begin her formal training in the arts at the Julien School. Her strong interest in history and her passion in particular for the West led her to leave Chicago to study tribes such as the Nez Perce, the Umatilla, and the Cheyenne.

 By living on their reservations and observing their culture and daily lives she came to know the tribes in a very personal way. She later continued her artistic studies at the Chase School in New York arriving  sometime around 1903.

Although it is not known exactly when, the West again beckoned Mary Francis and she left New York to be closer to her true source of inspiration. She settled in Portland Oregon and began her career.

Mary Francis spent years perfecting the design of the dolls. It was a solely local endeavor dependent on the tourist trade.

The leather painted faces were replaced with molded mask faces made from light brown crepe paper over plaster. The thin lines in the crepe paper gave the faces a realistic and weathered appearance.

 Every detail of the facial features were delicately painted, further enhancing each dolls individual look.

The simple tubular bodies were stuffed at the torso and wrapped with traditional patterned blankets.

Wood feet, painted to look like moccasins, were nailed to the base. Some dolls were created on small blocks and fashioned in a seated position.

 

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