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We’ve spent another pleasant moment in a great resource called “Children of the Tipi:Life in the Buffalo Days” by Michael Oren Fitzgerald. This book is a treasure of what it was like for children to grow up in the world of pre-reservation days. Taking archived photos, this book gives us a first-hand look into the buffalo days of the Plains Indians
Last time we made bow & arrows, this time we had much fun making corn husk dolls.
Aren’t these adorable?
Mothers and daughters during the summer months would dry corn husks to make dolls, baskets, and other creative things.
“My mother and aunt gathered an abundant supply of corn. I was left to watch the corn dry. I played around it with dolls make of ears of corn. I braided the soft fine corn silk for hair. The dolls had blankets from scraps I found in my mother’s workbag. ” Zitkala-Sa, Lakota
Something To Do : Corn Husk Dolls
- a bucket of water
- bags of cornhusks- most easily purchased (dried, cleaned and in uniform sizes), at a local craft store
- cornhusk doll diagram page (print out)
****Before beginning, soak cornhusks in a bucket of water until they are soft and pliable.****
|Take four cornhusks and arrange them in as shown.|
|Using a small piece of string, tie the straight ends together tightly.|
|Trim and round the edges with scissors.|
|Turn upside down and pull long ends of husks down over the trimmed edges.|
|Tie with string to form the “head.”|
|Take another husk, flatten it, and roll into a tight cylinder.|
|Tie each end with string. This forms the doll’s arms.|
|Fit the arms inside of the long husks, just below the “neck.”|
|Tie with string, as shown, to form a “waist.”|
|Drape a husk around the arms and upper body in a criss-cross pattern to form “shoulders.”|
|Take four or five husks, straight edges together, and arrange around waist.
These form a “skirt” for the doll.
|Tie with string.|
|If desired, follow the diagram to form legs for the doll. Tie legs with small strips of husks as indicated. Finish off the doll by tying small strips of husk around the neck and waist to hide the string. Small scraps of cloth may be used to dress the doll.|
The above diagram is from Teachers First Site.