My source for identification is the 1998 auction catalog BUCKSKINS AND BEADS from Florence Theriault. A very similar doll identified as a Tuscarora Brave is pictured on page 9 of the catalog. Quoting from the catalog .... " The Tuscarora, a branch of the Iroquois nation, was earliest known in North Carolina and joined the Iroquois of New York after 1713." Like the doll in the catalog, my doll is beaded leather and is 9 inches tall.
The hair is black yarn and hand sewn to the flat-dimensional head at the sides. The face is a textured brown leather - the back of the head is a smooth black leather. The doll is wearing a red shift with white fringe decoration on the chest. The pants feel like a reddish brown velvet and are beaded in blue up the sides. The shift has white beading at the sides and shoulders.
The doll's face has shiny black beads for eye brows and eyes - they look like marcasite. The nose and mouth are done with a very red beads. The boots are grey leather beaded with white. The flat-dimensional arms have fringe at the end from fingers. They have blue beading at the under arm seam and at the wrist.
Except for some frail leather with small holes and bends at both upper arms, the doll is in very good condition. On the back of the red shift, there are several white spots of what looks like dried paint. A terrific Native American doll. Although no date was given in the catalog, I believe the doll is 20th century circa 1930-1940.
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