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Navajo Novelty Doll: The Navajo people were very strict about children not playing with dolls. They believed that dolls had a life of their own and could bring mischief or harm to people. This doll is an excellent example of a doll made for resale. It has value as a means of teaching non-Natives about the culture and manner of dress among the Navajo people.

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Navajo 192
pigment 539 cotton 256 Beads 2617 velvet 90
doll 94
female 19
ca. 1950
H: 13.5 in, width: 8.5 in
Credit Line:
In memory of William Paton, Shell, Wyoming
Ritual and Recreation, Gifts and Novelties. Female doll dressed in traditional style clothing. Doll is wearing a burgundy velvet dress with beads and sequin trim down the bodice and sleeves. She has a petticoat of yellow calico and hot pink moccasins. Her belt is of blue flowered ribbon trim. Seed bead necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Face is painted onto fabric. Doll is sealed in a shadow bow, with a frame of carved wood painted gold, with matting of white linen.
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