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The Buffalo Bill Center of the West's Plains Indian Museum has dozens of dolls from various tribes and various time periods. Dolls were important in child's play as Indian children learned the finer points of taking care of others--practice for when they became parents or caregivers for others. Note the materials used in each doll's description.

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Curated by: Marg2309


NA.507.99.2
Crow | arm bands | Buckskin ...
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NA.507.99.2 | ca. 1910 | H: 13.5 in, width: 5 in, depth: 2.25 in | In loving memory of Julia Frost Pasley Morrison | Ritual and Recreation, Toys. Male doll with beaded buckskin pants, vest and moccasins, cloth shirt, belt and necklace. Black yarn hair is curly on front with 3 braids. Cloth face with facial features marked on in pencil or pen. Blue cloth shirt with clear buttons down front, red cloth stripe at buttons. Hide and beaded breastplate with strands consisting of white beads, red beads at center, blue beads on either end. Three-strand blue and red beaded armbands at each sleeve with 2 light blue beaded strands hanging from them; red triangular cuffs at end of each sleeve. Vest is light blue beaded buckskin with beaded floral design. Back of vest is red cotton. Light blue beaded belt with blue beaded purse with floral design. Buckskin pants have red beads at waist and bottom of each leg, fringe along outside side seams. Beaded floral design down front of each leg. | na.507.99.2.jpg | NA.507.99.2.JPG | floral | arm bands | Buckskin | yarn | Beads | cloth | Crow

NA.507.9
Sac and Fox | Meskwaki | Sau...
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NA.507.9 | ca. 1890 | L: 16 in | Adolf Spohr Collection, Gift of Larry Sheerin | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Male -- Carved wooden doll with black wool shirt and breech cloth, buckskin leggings with bead decoration, purple and green ribbon trim, wooden and bead necklace. Fur hat with beaded tabs attached. Feather in back, metal armbands. Holding wooden war club. Fur and bead knee bands. | NA.507.9.JPG | na.507.9.jpg | arm bands | Beads | claws | ribbon | carved | trade | wool | cloth | Animal | fur | seed | wood | metal | feather | Sac and Fox | Meskwaki | Sauk and Fox

NA.106.654
Crow | bag | leather | Beads...
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NA.106.654 | ca. 1910 | L: 7.5 in, width: 7.5 in | Gift of Dorothy N. Morris | Utensils and Implements, Household. Tipi bag, rectangular with opening at top secured with flap. Four thongs hang from bag to which are attached leather beaded miniatures- a female doll; pair of blue beaded moccasins with string with two blue beads at end; male doll with fur hands and feet and two beaded cylinders with two flaps with beaded edges and fur at bottom; female doll with fur feet. Bag has five bead strips alternating with unbeaded areas in blue, dark blue, white and red, same design on back. Beaded design in same colors at sides. | na.106.654.jpg | Moccasins | women | Man | bag | leather | Beads | rabbit | fur | Crow

NA.507.79
Salish | basketry doll | gre...
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NA.507.79 | ca. 1900 | H: 8.5 in, width: 2.5 in | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Doll made of woven grass; green stripes around neck, waist and base; purple hair; bead earrings; leather headband. | NA.507.79.JPG | na.507.79.jpg | stripes | basketry doll | green | leather | purple | Woven | grass | Salish

NA.507.14
cradle | doll | painted | Be...
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NA.507.14 | cradle length: 3.375 in, doll length: 2.25 in | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Miniature china doll with painted facial features and hair. Tanned, fully beaded cradle in lazy stitch. Square beaded tab at top. | NA.507.14.JPG | na.507.14.jpg | cradle | doll | painted | Beads | tanned | China | seed | deer | hide | lazy stitch

NA.507.21
Northern Plains | dolls | de...
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NA.507.21 | L: 2.125 in | Gift of Henry B. Joy, Jr. | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Tanned, fully beaded dolls tied together with thong. | NA.507.21.JPG | na.507.21.jpg | dolls | deer | seed | hide | Beads | tanned | Northern Plains

NA.507.85
Spoonhunter, Bob | Arapaho |...
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NA.507.85 | ca. 1985 | H: 14.125 in | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Woman and Baby -- Leather body, dark brown hair tied at each side of face, leather dress with beaded triangle and rose designs in red, maroon, dark green, light green, yellow and orange and fringed at sleeve ends and bottom, belt and buckle beaded in diamond design in same colors as dress, plaid fabric under dress shows on lower arms and at dress bottom, wrapped leather leggings and leather moccasins, leather baby carrier with rabbit fur lining on her back, holding a leather bag with fringed bottom and beaded rose and edging in same colors as dress in her right hand. Base is a cross section of log with a metal rod supporting the doll from the back. | NA.507.85A&B.JPG | Diamond | rose designs | triangles | dolls | dark green | metal | log | light green | Beads | rod | cloth | yellow | seed | leather | orange | plaid | maroon | dark brown | Red | fur | hair | rabbit | cross-section support | fringe | Spoonhunter, Bob | Arapaho

NA.507.18
Northern Plains | doll and h...
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NA.507.18 | ca. 1900 | doll length: 7 in | Gift of Lucile M. Wright | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Stuffed female doll and horse. Doll has tanned dress. Horse is tanned hide with saddle. Bead decoration on dress, overlay beaded decoration on boot moccasins, and on saddle bags, horse neck decoration. Black painted spots on horse. Horse hair braids on doll and name on horse. | BBHC Cody Enterprise column: “Your Museum Matters” – December 1, 2008 From our collection: As kids, parents, and everyone in between are thinking toys and games this holiday season, we’re reminded that not only are playthings a part of numerous cultures, they’ve been around for ages, too. A civilization’s toys can tell a good deal about its beliefs, priorities, or everyday life. For instance, Native American toys helped prepare children for adult responsibilities. They were often miniature replicas of tools and implements, and play imitated adult tasks. The first dolls made by Lakota and other Plains tribes were simple figures of clay or rawhide cutouts stuffed with buffalo hair or grass. The detail in doll clothing helped an Indian girl learn her family’s way of making household objects. Finally, they were typically made by grandparents and rarely had much detail so features could be left to a child’s imagination. Photo caption/credit: Northern Plains doll and horse, ca. 1900. Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Gift of Ms. Lucile M. Wright. NA.507.18 | NA.507.18.JPG | NA.507.18.jpg | horse | spots | doll and horse | trade | hide | seed | hair | pigment | Beads | deer | cloth | horse | tanned | Northern Plains

NA.507.114
Apache | doll | Buckskin | C...
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NA.507.114 | ca. 1900 | Gift of Mr. Forrest Fenn | Apache female cotton covered wood doll wearing a long cotton print dress with floral deasigns and a wide yellow hem. Over the dress is an Indian tanned buckskin fringed and beaded bodice with Morningstar designs front and back. The doll has a cloth face with bead necklace and dangle earrings. She has a three dimensional nose of wood, thread eyes, eyebrows and mount and painted buckskin moccasins. | na.507.114 v2.jpg | na.507.114.jpg | na.507.114v1.jpg | na.507.114v2.jpg | female | doll | Buckskin | Cotton cloth | glass beads | wood | thread | cotton | Apache

NA.506.139
Bennett, Kay | doll | feathe...
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NA.506.139 | ca. 1950 | H: 19 in | Gift of Mr. Forrest Fenn | A Kay Bennett cloth, basket dancer doll with outstretched hands, one holding an owl design Papago tray basket 3 1/4" in diameter and the other holding a long plume feather. Matching owl designed Papago tray baskets with three plume feathers attached to each side of head. Wears a white, woven cotton and wool blouse over a full length woven cotton dress with wool geometric designs near the bottom. Full length velvet slip below skirt with silver brocade hem . Buckskin belt with nine white braided, twisted drops. Fabricated face, painted eyes, eye brows, lips and cheeks. Three dimensional nose with painted nostrils. Black hair. Turquoise and silver Zuni squash blossom necklace with authentic turquoise. Six bead rings, two German silver bracelets. Near bottom of dress are three old silver Navajo buttons, old silver turquoise and silver pin with a silver eagle stamp motif. White buckskin, wrap-around high-top moccasins. Sewn-in label reads "Hand Made by Kay Bennett". | na.506.139 v2.jpg | na.506.139v1.jpg | na.506.139.jpg | na.506.139v2.jpg | female | doll | feather | silver | paint | plumes | cotton | turquoise | cloth | Buckskin | reeds | velvet | wool | Bennett, Kay

NA.507.129
Apsáalooke | Big Day, Mary ...
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NA.507.129 | 2008 | Plains Indian Museum Acquisitions Fund | Crow woman doll on horse with saddle, cradle and lance case, Mary Lou Big Day, Heywood Big Day, Derek Big Day; Crow, Pryor, Montana, 2008. Tanned hide, rawhide, hair, glass beads, wool cloth, pigment, wood, fur. | NA.507.129.jpg | lance case . | horse | cradle | saddle | woman | doll | Red Birch | glass beads | wood | rawhide | pigment | tanned hide | wool cloth | Apsáalooke | Big Day, Mary Lou | Big Day, Derek | Crow | Pryor, Montana | Big Day, Heywood

NA.507.92.2
doll | cotton | buffalo tail...
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NA.507.92.2 | H: 13.5 in, width: 6 in | Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot | Ritual and Recreation, Toys. Male doll, cloth clothes. Green shirt with a floral type design of green grass, petals and blue centers. Cotton body with wire interior. Cotton leggings are red with light turquoise cloth at bottoms. Seed beads of green. Breechcloth is royal blue, red and white. Buckskin smoked moccasins. Doll has buffalo tail hair, wooden face, carved earrings and a turquoise blue headband. | na.507.92.2.jpg | floral | doll | cotton | buffalo tail hair | Buckskin | wire | wood | smoked | Beads | cloth

NA.507.92.1
doll | Buckskin | buffalo | ...
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NA.507.92.1 | H: 12 in, width: 5.5 in | Simplot Collection, Gift of J.R. Simplot | Ritual and Recreation, Toys. Female doll. Turquoise blue cloth dress, witha multi-colored floral underdress. Buffalo tail hair, green cloth headband. Red ribbon at shoulders, light blue beaded belt. Necklace of clear white and purple large faceted beads. White opaque chocker earrings. Buckskin smoked moccasins. | na.507.92.1.jpg | doll | Buckskin | buffalo | hair | Beads | smoked | cloth

NA.507.51
doll | glued on | ribbon | g...
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NA.507.51 | L: 28.25 in, width: 5.625 in | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Commercial doll with reddish leather molded to cover neck, face, ears and front of head with patches of black fur glued on top an sides of head for hair; rubber body without arms. Dressed in red cotton shirt with green ribbon trim and an undershirt; abalone shell earring in right ear, remnants of an abalone shell earring in left ear. | na.507.51.jpg | doll | glued on | ribbon | green | commercial doll | reddish | no arms | abalone | cloth | black | fur | leather | shell | Red

NA.507.99.1
Crow | doll | cloth | Beads ...
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NA.507.99.1 | ca. 1910 | H: 12.125 in, width: 4.625 in, depth: 1.875 in | In loving memory of Julia Frost Pasley Morrison | Ritual and Recreation, Toys. Female doll with beaded buckskin dress, beaded necklace, belt with tabs and purse, leggings and Crow style beaded moccasins. Black yarn hair parted down middle with two braids, Cloth face with facial features marked on with pencil or pen. Light blue choker and 2-srand necklace in red and green beads. Dress has long sleeves with fringe down sleeve seam, side seam, wrists and bottom of dress. Floral beaded design on bodice, front and back. Beaded design at wrist and bottom of skirt. Light blue beaded belt with beaded triangular design, beaded round tabs, beaded purse. Leggngs beaded with striped design. Red wool leggings above leather leggings, blue underskirt. | na.507.99.1.jpg | NA.507.99.1.JPG | floral | stripes | doll | cloth | Beads | yarn | cotton | Buckskin | Crow

NA.507.113
Crow | doll | thread | glass...
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NA.507.113 | ca. 1900 | H: 10 in | Gift of Mr. Forrest Fenn | Crow female doll wearing a long cotton dress with a calico hem. Six braids of black hair are sewn to the head. 178 dentalium shells are sewn in three rows from the waist to the neck of the doll. She has a cotton body, beaded moccasins, and a cloth belt. Her eyes and moth are also beaded. | na.507.113.jpg | na.507.113v1.jpg | na.507.113 v2.jpg | na.507.113v2.jpg | female | doll | thread | glass | cloth | Beads | dentalium shells | cotton | hair | Cotton cloth | Crow

NA.507.82D
Esther Bull Weasel | Crow | ...
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NA.507.82D | ca. 1910 | H: 4 in, width: 2 in | The Crow Indian Collection of Dr. William and Anna Petzoldt, gift of Genevieve Petzoldt Fitzgerald | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Baby -- doll made of cloth and leather. | NA.507.82A-Y.JPG | na.507.82d.jpg | doll | cloth | leather | Esther Bull Weasel | Crow

NA.507.82B
Crow | Esther Bull Weasel | ...
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NA.507.82B | ca. 1910 | H: 4 in, width: 2 in | The Crow Indian Collection of Dr. William and Anna Petzoldt, gift of Genevieve Petzoldt Fitzgerald | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Female -- doll made of cloth and leather. | NA.507.82A-Y.JPG | na.507.82b.jpg | doll | cloth | leather | Crow | Esther Bull Weasel

NA.507.82C
Esther Bull Weasel | Crow | ...
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NA.507.82C | ca. 1910 | H: 4 in, width: 2 in | The Crow Indian Collection of Dr. William and Anna Petzoldt, gift of Genevieve Petzoldt Fitzgerald | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Female -- doll made of cloth and leather. | NA.507.82A-Y.JPG | na.507.82c.jpg | doll | cloth | leather | Esther Bull Weasel | Crow

NA.507.82A
Esther Bull Weasel | Crow | ...
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NA.507.82A | ca. 1910 | H: 4 in, width: 2 in | The Crow Indian Collection of Dr. William and Anna Petzoldt, gift of Genevieve Petzoldt Fitzgerald | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Male doll made of cloth and leather. | NA.507.82A-Y.JPG | na.507.82a.jpg | doll | leather | cloth | Esther Bull Weasel | Crow

NA.507.82E
Esther Bull Weasel | Crow | ...
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NA.507.82E | ca. 1910 | H: 4 in, width: 2 in | The Crow Indian Collection of Dr. William and Anna Petzoldt, gift of Genevieve Petzoldt Fitzgerald | Ritual and Recreation: Toys. Cloth doll with rawhide quiver seated in rawhide saddle. | NA.507.82A-Y.JPG | na.507.82e.jpg | doll | rawhide | cloth | Esther Bull Weasel | Crow

NA.507.102.2
Freda Goodsell, Oglala Lakot...
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NA.507.102.2 | 2000 | na.507.102.2v1.jpg | na.507.102.2v2.jpg | doll | female | hand crafted | Freda Goodsell, Oglala Lakota, Custer, SD

NA.507.105
Northern Plains | doll | fem...
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NA.507.105 | ca. 1880's | H: 12.5 in, width: 3.25 in | Gift of Museum Selections | Ritual and Recreation; Toys. Female native american doll dressed in light tanned buckskin with beads as decoration. | na.507.105.jpg | female | doll | female | hide | glass beads | hair | tanned | Northern Plains

NA.507.110
Seminole | Florida | doll | ...
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NA.507.110 | 1955-1960 | H: 9.25 in, width: 6 in, depth: 5.5 in | Gift of Martha Lynn Gay Rhoades in memory of Hazel and Royall Gay | na.507.110.jpg | NA.507.110v1.jpg | NA.507.110v2.jpg | doll | female | wood | glass beads | Cotton cloth | fiber | thread | Seminole | Florida