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Oklahoma Indian Doll
This is a photograph of an old Native American doll purchased in Duncan, Oklahoma. It is thought to date
back to the early 1900's.
Our volunteers suspect this doll is Kiowa because of the design of the dress and boots. The very wide square sleeves with
rows of elk teeth or cowrie shells (represented by white beads on this doll) are typical of Kiowa women's clothing, such
as this dance outfit or
this dress from the1800's. Elk's teeth and cowrie shells
were common decorations on women's clothing in many Plains Indian tribes, but the horizontal rows of them and the wide sleeve style
are especially typical of Kiowa clothing. Also, the remaining boot of this doll resembles traditional Kiowa boots, with thin strips of beadwork
around the ankles and up the front (like this.)
Additionally, during the late 1800's, the area that is now Duncan, Oklahoma was then
part of the Comanche-Kiowa Indian territory, so the doll would not have had far to travel.
It is also possible that the doll is Cheyenne or Arapaho, since the wide sleeve design was sometimes also used by those tribes.
Cheyenne and Arapaho dolls were usually much more heavily beaded though (see
this Arapaho doll or
this Cheyenne doll-- notice their boots
If anyone has more information about this artwork,
please contact the owner. Thank you!
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