Female doll - ROM2005_5871_1


Female doll

Maker: Betsy Turkey, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)
Medium:Cornhusk, wool, cotton, silk, glass beads, wood, paint
Geography: Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, Canada
Date: 1840
45 x 15.5 cm
Object number: 922.1.96.A
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Evelyn H.C. Johnson; The Chiefswood Collection
Not on view

Inscription on back of cradle board: “Made in 1840 by Betsy Turkey for Miss Emily S. Howells at Onondaga Tuscarora Parsonage, Canada West.” The Tuscarora Parsonage was located on the Six Nations Reserve.

In the early 20th century Evelyn H.C. Johnson, a member of a prominent Six Nations Mohawk family, donated to the Royal Ontario Museum a large number of objects named the Chiefswood Collection after the name of the Johnson family home. In this collection, Evelyn Johnson created a remarkable record of her family over four generations, and of events that involved the Iroquoian people at Six Nations from the end of the American Revolution to the Six Nations Agricultural Fair of 1922.

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