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State Archives of Florida
Mary B. Billie displaying work during the process of attaching a Seminole doll head to the body
Seminole Slide/Tape Project (Palmetto Dolls)
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.'"
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.
Subject - Person
Chicago Manual of Style
Dyen, Doris J., Collector. Mary B. Billie displaying work during the process of attaching a Seminole doll head to the body. 1980. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/120243>, accessed 2 July 2022.
Dyen, Doris J., Collector. Mary B. Billie displaying work during the process of attaching a Seminole doll head to the body. 1980. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/120243>
AP Style Photo Citation
(State Archives of Florida/Dyen)