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VINTAGE SEMINOLE DOLL BY KAY BENNETT
VINTAGE SEMINOLE DOLL BY KAY BENNETT
 
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Artist: Kay Bennett

Circa: 1974

Provenance: Private Collection assembled over 7 decades.
Our Price: $700.00

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Product Code: CLRD2060
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Very lovely Seminole doll by Navajo artist Kay Bennett. She stands 18 1/2" tall. She is beautifully dressed, with a traditional Seminole patchwork full-length skirt and a decorated cape over a short sleeve blouse. Patchwork clothing, considered by many to be the Seminole's traditional dress, flowering around 1920. The Seminoles are composed of various culturally related tribes which began to migrate into North Florida sometime before 1750.

Kay Bennett, the lady known as Kaibah (1922- 1997), was a Navajo author, artist and doll-maker who was born at Sheepsprings Trading Post, New Mexico, in 1922. She taught at the Phoenix Indian School and traveled through the Middle East, Far East and Europe. In 1984 she ran for Tribal Chairman of the Navajos. No other woman had run for such a high office and her candidacy was popular. She lost due to a law, where a candidate must live on the reservation. This rule eventually changed thanks to Kay. She designed Navajo dolls and dresses, illustrated her own books, and also recorded Navajo songs. Kay Bennett was a remarkable woman and is remembered today as a model for young women along with Navajo leaders like Annie Wauneka.


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