Authentic Lakota Indian Dolls
To see a slide show of dolls available, please click Flickr.
Please contact Diane with the doll(s) that you are interested in.
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Most recently, five of Diane's dolls were on Exhibit in Montana and South Dakota Summer 2014. Two of her dolls are now on Exhibit at the May Gallery at the University of San Diego for their Horse in American Indian Culture Exhibit through May 2015. Several of Diane's dolls will be in an Native American Artist's Showcase this summer 2015 at the Ottawa Cultural Center in Kansas.
Enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Lakota Doll Artist Diane Tells His Name (Oglala) has been crafting dolls, stitching beadwork and making sketches and other art since childhood. Some of the dolls she creates has a story included. Each has a personality of its own.
Having gone back to college at age 45, she completed her education and worked for many years as the Artifact Collection Manager and Tribal Research Librarian for a Tribal Museum in San Diego. Exposure to the history and beauty of the items in the museum rekindled her interest in creating her own art.
One of Diane's earliest creations, Fur Trader's Granddaughter has been accepted for accession into the National Museum of the American Indian Museum (Smithsonian)Washington, DC. and she will be working with the collections department to accession another in the future. She also has dolls in collections at museums and for sale in museums and galleries with collectable art. Private doll collectors and other Native American Artists own and collect Diane's handmade Indian dolls.
Diane lives in North San Diego County with her cowboy husband of many years. Her five grown children and eleven (of her 13) grandchildren all live within a short drive. Powwowing, herb gardening and the fulfilling and interesting life being involved in the Indian Community in San Diego keeps the family busy.
For a current slide show of dolls available, click here. Or email me for a current price list. NOTE: If you have a RESALE number and order more than 4 dolls, please contact me for wholesale pricing.
Museums, to accession a doll(s) into your collection, please contact Diane for special pricing.
Please note: As with all quality handmade items, Diane strives to replicate each doll as the photo depicts. With the changing availability and rising cost of materials some slight variations may be made at artist's discretion.