Native American Culture/Native American Dolls



I have three American Indian Dolls I'd like to take a look at.  I don't know anything about them and they were inherited along with the Jar I recently sent you for review.  If you don't mind, can you please take a look at these and tell me what you think.  They are all about 8 inches tall.  The first is of a man with a metal belt and painted on face. The second is of a woman in leather clothes with stitched eye's, nose and mouth.  The third is of an old woman and heavier then the other two with pewter feet.  Any help would greatly be appreciated.  Thank you

Toy dolls are not a big area of our expertise, but all three seem to be Native work. The left most is a stitched "reservation period" child's doll depicting a Navajo man and probably dates from the 1930s or 1940s. The middle doll is Northern Plains and may be as early as the 1920s. We recently sold a Cheyenne res doll that was a bit older -- 1890s to 1910 -- for $150.00. The right most doll is also called sometimes a Skoocum doll and is from the Great Lakes region or possibly the Southeast where they are/were made in North Carolina. There were some also made by the Cherokee and the Potwatomi of Oklahoma. It is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. This doll is of a style made for the tourist trade which uses manufactured parts. Hope this helps.

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Richard Sutton


As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.


My primary focus is on Southwester American Indian Nations and their people, but I also have experience in Plains and Northeastern traditions, having engaged in active trade and retail since 1985 and study for most of my life. I am not claiming any expertise at all in the work, techniques, lifeways or crafts that are made by the Native People of Mexico. They are not the same, either linguistically or culturally but certainly their crafts deserve discussion and appraisal by those who are able to provide real information.

I was a guest on Fox Network "Lifestyles" program, during the 1990s, to discuss how to tell forgeries, and authenticating jewelry as Native American work. I have also written extensively for our website, and our Ebay Store.

UofO, 1970 active in the Authentic American Indian Arts business and direct Trader since 1985. Graphic Designer and published novelist.

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