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Skookum Doll - 11.5" Rare Hanging Papoose


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Skookum Doll - 11.5" Rare Hanging Papoose

The word Skookum is an old slang term that originated from either the Chinook or Siwash traders of the American North West. The main meaning that is most attributed to the dolls is, “Bully Good!” which means very good, excellent or large.

These vintage dolls are rare and very hard to find. There are other meanings of the word Skookum, such as: mighty, brave, tough, powerful, strong, good, etc.

Skookum dolls are Native American dolls that were first made by Mary McAboy in 1913 and continued to be produced into the 1960’s.

Skookums do not have arms but they are wrapped in a Native American style blanket, giving the idea the doll has folded arms. Some dolls had accessories such as jewelry, hair ties, cigarettes, headbands, feathered headdresses and more.

Most of these Native American dolls were made to be looking to the right, those that are looking to the left are rare and much harder to find. The word “Skookum” will usually be stamped on the bottom of the plastic shoes, or come with a tag identifying it.

Skookum Dolls

  • The bodies were wood stuffed with leaves, twigs, grass and straw stuffed in a muslin sack
  • Wooden dowel rods were the legs
  • Shoes, moccasins or feet were made of wood covered with felt, leather or usually suede
  • The hair was made of mohair or cotton string
  • The eyes were made by pins
  • The doll was usually adorned with blankets, jewelry and other accessories
  • These dolls were usually dressed with blankets, jewelry and other accessories, similar to the original dolls
  • This doll is handmade
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