Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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five dolls on a cradleboard
  • Skookum
  • five dolls on a cradleboard, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, plastic?, wool, cloth, synthetic hair, buckskin, beads, plant fiber, adhesive tape, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 77 x 29 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 5/16 x 11 3/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6026

The five dolls are on a flat cradleboard. The cradleboard is made of vertically oriented sticks, held together with weaving around a horizontal stick at regular intervals. It is brown.

The five dolls are held to the cradleboard with narrow strips of buckskin. Each has black hair and wears a blanket.

The doll at the top is the smallest with light colored pants and a green and light orange wearing blanket and red top. She has a necklace of red, green, and white wooden beads.

Another doll has a wearing blanket in light green and light orange with medium blue. She is wearing a blue and white striped dress and the shoes appear to be masking tape. The doll to the proper right of her has a wearing blanket in light orange, light green, white, and medium blue. She wears a necklace of many different colored seed beads with large white beads and dark blue beads on either side at regular intervals.

There are two dolls on the bottom, near the point of the cradleboard. The facing left doll is wearing a blanket with light purple, dark pink and white. She appears to be wearing a pink dress with masking tape shoes. The last doll has a blanket in purple and red, with a bit of light green and white. She has light colored cloth at her neck, red leggings with fringe on the side seam, and green shoes.