Seminole dolls, made by Mary Billie, nearing the end of development - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Seminole dolls, made by Mary Billie, nearing the end of development - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/120269
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Title

  • Seminole dolls, made by Mary Billie, nearing the end of development - Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

Image Number

  • FS80341A

Year

  • 1980

Date Note

  • Photographed on July 15, 1980.

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General Note

  • Made of palmetto fiber by Mary B. Billie who has been a dollmaker since she was 17. She learned the skill by watching her mother, who had learned it from Mary's grandmother.
  • "Seminole women have worn their hair in various different styles over the years, and the dolls reflect this. The high hairdo, mounted with cypress bark or, later, cardboard, was popular about fifty years ago, and some of the women still wear it. But Mary also makes some dolls with yarn hair that show modern styles."
  • Accompanying note: "She'll put the cardboard on top of the doll's head and with that black material to make it look nice, I guess. To make it look like hair. And then after she does that, she put the top on. And then she'll sew that up too, so it won't fall off."

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Physical Description

  • 1 slide - col.

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