Creation Date
1931 – 1955


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

This 12 inch high doll is dressed in the native formal wear clothes worn by a chief of the Shoshone tribe in Wyoming. His buckskin boots are heavily beaded, as are his white buckskin trousers and vest. He also wears a red cotton shirt and intricately beaded buckskin gauntlets. His hair is black and falls in a plait on either side of his face. This was made by Eva Washakie, grand-daughter of Chief Washakie. She used her own hair on this doll. 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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