Indian woman doll by Mohawk artist, Cathy C. Crandall. This female doll's costuming represents the Ghost Dance, a 19th century revitalization movement. This cloth body Indian doll has head, hands and feet made out of "earth", or clay. The Indian dolls clothing, high cheek bones and prominent features are unmistakably Native American Indian, presumably Crow. The painting on this Indian dolls face is warm and rosy with beautifully painted brown eyes.
Wearing her hair in think braids, she also sports feathers, and wears a double strand of beaded necklaces in bronze and turquoise beads and small chunks of turquoise. This Indian dolls turquoise dress is cotton linen, has fringed arms, sides and tail and displays hand painted icons of stars, a crow and desert tortoise, the dress also features buckskin ribbons attached at the shoulder and around the back that finalize in bronze beads, and a buckskin belt finished with brass bells. This Indian buckskin moccasins have beaded detail running up to her knee. Set into a metal stand, this Indian doll will be a wonderful statement piece, or part of a larger collection.
Size measures: 7-1/2"L x 4"W x 17"H
Beautiful attention to detail describes the Indian dolls made by Cathy Crandall in her "Earth Dolls" series. Crandall's work has been acquired into the permanent collection at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.