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Found by John Bathurst, a scout with the US Cavalry, in the tipi of ‘White Shirt’ after the sacking of Chief Big Foot’s camp on December 29th 1890 at the infamous Massacre of Wounded Knee
Trade cloth, cotton, deerskin, sinew, pigments and glass beads
Size : 33 cm high and 16.5 cm high (each) – 13 ins high and 6½ ins high (each)
Christies London October 1979
Ex English, North Country Private collection
Dolls are mirrors of tribal identity and the Native Americans have a long tradition of making dolls for religious ceremonies, for play and instruction, and since the 18th century for trade and sale to Euro-Americans. Dolls dressed in the image of a shaman were used as helpers in curing ceremonies where they were believed to enter the patients body and with supernatural power expel the evil spirits causing sickness.
The faces of Plains Sioux play dolls tended to be blank and the child would read into the doll the features of his or her choice, making the doll come alive in their imagination. The largest of these three dolls has two strands of powder blue beads hidden beneath the neckerchief. They are fascinating, historical and social documents of an important period of Native American history.