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Crow Doll decorated with Dentalium Shells: Women in Native American society took great pride in tight even stitches. The dress appears to be made by young hands because the stitches are uneven. Often a mother, grandmother or aunt would make a doll for a little girl. They would then teach the child how to make dresses for the doll.

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Plains Indian Museum

Makers
Crow 493
Descriptions
thread 225 glass 581 cloth 876 Beads 2617 dentalium shells 7 cotton 256 hair 424 Cotton cloth 154
Names
doll 94
Subjects
female 19
Date:
ca. 1900
Dimensions:
H: 10 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. Forrest Fenn
Remarks:
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.
Accession Number:
NA.507.113

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