CORN HUSK DOLLS
Corn Husk Dolls are a symbol of the Native People and the outfits that they use to show there dance and their way of life. The size of these dalls are 13" Tall. Their outfits are as close to realism as what can be achieved by the artist Beverly Miller.
I wonder what makes a person lonely. I wonder if anyone can truly analyze loneliness and explain just why, at certain times, loneliness can press down so hard upon a human being. Is it really something tangible, or is it placed before us by something invisible, or could it be that you are bound to some person or placed by some strong spiritual tie?
My people, the Iroquois, had to contend with loneliness in many, many ways. I don't think they ever found a cure for loneliness, but I do think that they found a way to ease the feeling of loneliness.
A long time ago, long before the white man came to this part of the world, the Iroquois controlled the central united States and this part of Canada. The warriors were young men and it was their responsibility to patrol this wide expanse of land. The time it took to make a complete circuit of patrol caused them to be separated from the ones they loved for long periods of time. After many days and many miles on the trail, loneliness would eventually overtake them, at night as they sat around the campfire. From experience, a warrior knowing this would happen, prepared for this before leaving home by placing a faceless cornhusk doll in the pouch that he carried at his side.
Sitting drowsily by the campfire, visions of home would be almost real. The tired mind could be almost make home and loved ones come to life. At such times he would bring the faceless corn husk doll from the pouch, and looking steadfastly on the small doll, the face of the one he loved would almost appear. At such times it seemed as though some strong spiritual force were binding them together and he knew that the one at home would be praying for him, even though they were separated by many miles. In this way they seemed to know that they were "bound forever" as we would say in prayer. I have never tried it but being Iroquois I am sure that if the need arose it would work for me.
WRITTEN by George Doxtater
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