There are two different types of traditional dolls made on St. Lawrence Island: those made to sell (specifically to collectors), and those made for children to play with. The dolls in this curriculum are modeled after children's traditional clothing on St. Lawrence Island, which were generally made from reindeer fawn skin.
This unit is designed for adults and for students in grades 9-12.
You will need two weeks to complete the doll.
This doll reflects traditional clothing worn by children on St. Lawrence Island (the two villages of Gambell and Savoonga). The patterns are user friendly, making it simple to learn to complete your first doll.
1. Dolls serve as models for people, both in their clothing and the behavior their owners give them.
2. The art of doll-making requires technical skill and artistry.
3. Playing with dolls is a way for children to learn to become
1. Why are dolls important playthings?
2. What kinds of dolls did the St. Lawrence Islanders traditionally
3. What can dolls teach us about the culture of St. Lawrence Island?
1. materials used in St. Lawrence Island dolls;
2. traditional seasonal clothing worn by St. Lawrence Islanders;
3. the difference between dolls made for play and dolls made for sale;
1. compare and contrast traditional Native and Western dolls;
2. identify types of traditional and historical Native clothing for
3. make a St. Lawrence Island-style baby doll.