Mary Billie wrapping palmetto fiber around cardboard for the Seminole doll she is making - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Mary Billie wrapping palmetto fiber around cardboard for the Seminole doll she is making - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/120254
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Title

  • Mary Billie wrapping palmetto fiber around cardboard for the Seminole doll she is making - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Image Number

  • FS80320A

Year

  • 1980

Date Note

  • Photographed on July 15, 1980.

Series Title

General Note

  • Accompanying note: "Mary stuffs the head with pieces of palmetto fiber. 'If she uses something else like cotton, the needle won't go through that cotton. So she uses that palmetto fiber. Then she would put the palmetto fibers inside the doll to make it stand.'"
  • "Mary often saves time by stuffing the bodies with cotton instead of fiber, 'since the body doesn't need much sewing.'"
  • "'After she finishes that, I guess she puts that cardboard and wraps that palmetto around it and put[s] it on the bottom so stuff would not come out when it stands. She'll cut that cardboard out and make a circle big enough where she stuffed it, uh, cotton. And then she'll take that palmetto fiber and put it around that cardboard where she make that circle, cut that circle. And then she'll, uh, put it on the bottom of that doll and sew it up so it can stand straight. Then she'll make the eyes for it and the mouth.'"
  • Mary B. Billie has been a dollmaker since she was 17. She learned the skill by watching her mother, who had learned it from Mary's grandmother.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 slide - col.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject


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