Creation Date
1931 – 1955


27.940 cm. H x 15.240 cm. W Item (Overall)

This Shoshone doll from the Wyoming tribe is wearing typical native dress worn on formal occasions by a chief's wife. Her moccasin boots are yellow-beige buckskin and beaded. The dress is of white buckskin, fringed with beaded belt. A long black braid hangs down the front on either side of her face. This doll was made by Eva Washakie, granddaughter of Chief Washakie. The doll even has undergarments. Cleora's object notes listed the maker as Annie Washakie, while her guidebook said it was Eva Washakie that made the doll. The story in the guidebook notes that Eleanor Roosevelt came to visit Haskell Institute, and the director of the school wished to give her these dolls, but the student refused. She said she had made the dolls specifically for Miss Helbing. 2008 - Ann contacted a Shoshone Artist names Eva McAdams (Formerly Eva Washakie), but she was not the maker of the dolls. She did however remember Annie Washakie who had a daughter Eva who went to an indian boarding school. Both Annie and Eva have passed away.

Related People and Organizations
Washakie, Eva
Helbing, Cleora

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