Medicine man doll – WHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE
- Reference: EDNA1088
- Origin: White River Apache reservation, Arizona, USA
- Period: Circa 1930-1940
- Height: 36 cm
- Materials: Deer buckskin, cotton cloth, leather, glass and metal beads, metal cones, shells, silver button, feathers.
- Price: 1.250€
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This male Apache doll represents a singer medicine man (Nde Hatal).
He is dressed with the traditional Apache buckskin coat, and the toe moccasins. He’s carrying a beaded pouch on his concho belt and in the left hand the traditional water drum, made with a copper tin pot covered with deer skin. Around his neck a silver concho button with glass beads form the necklace, ended by the tweezers. On his head the traditional medicine hat. His moccasins got the toe protection and his belt carries a knife sheath with the knife inside.
This doll was probably made for a cultural purpose or for exhibition, to showcase how the medicine men among the White Mountain Apache tribe used to be like. Not considered a toy-doll.
This piece is unique and could be showcased in a museum dedicated to Native American cultures of the SouthWest.