Mary B. Billie sewing a Seminole doll head to the body - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Mary B. Billie sewing a Seminole doll head to the body - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, https://floridamemory.com/items/show/120242
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Title

  • Mary B. Billie sewing a Seminole doll head to the body - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Image Number

  • FS80306A

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.
  • "Mary often saves time by stuffing the bodies with cotton instead of fiber, 'since the body doesn't need much sewing.'"
  • 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.'"

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 slide - col.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject


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