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Nature and Purpose of Dolls

In Native American culture, dolls are viewed as more that a child's toy. They are often used by medicine men and women to bless and heal members of their tribe. They are employed in sacred ceremonies and rituals. Dolls are used to teach and train the young in the ways of the people.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Toys


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Northern Plains | doll and h...
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Esther Bull Weasel | Crow | ...
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Salish | basketry doll | gre...
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Sioux | doll | glass beads |...
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Crow | doll | thread | glass...
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Umatilla | Plateau | toy cra...
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Northern Plains | doll | mal...
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Northern Plains | doll | fem...
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Northern Plains | dolls | de...
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Sac and Fox | Meskwaki | Sau...
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Meskwaki | Sac and Fox | Sau...
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Southwestern | kachina | fea...
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Southwest | Hopi | kachina |...
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Southwest | kachina | Square...
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Spoonhunter, Bob | Arapaho |...
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Navajo | doll | pigment | co...
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