Mary B. Billie admiring the palmetto fibers she has collected for dollmaking - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Mary B. Billie admiring the palmetto fibers she has collected for dollmaking - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/120229
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Title

  • Mary B. Billie admiring the palmetto fibers she has collected for dollmaking - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Image Number

  • FS80289A

Year

  • 1980

Date Note

  • Photographed on July 15, 1980.

Series Title

General Note

  • 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.
  • Accompanying note: "'She [has] a cloth with her and after she cuts them and gets it, that thing off it, she wraps it and brings it back. If it's dry enough, she goes ahead and makes the dolls. But if it's kind of wet, she has to let'em dry out for a day before she can make it. She'll go ahead and cut them to what size she needs to make the dolls. She just goes ahead and cuts like some for the four inch, and some for the six inch, and you know, the body. It's always been like that, different sizes.'"

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 slide - col.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject


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