Meet The Artist
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 name and personality of its own.
Having gone back to college at age 45, she completed her education and spent eight years working as an 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 has rekindled her interest in creating her own art.
Diane's Medallion Woman Doll, pictured above, was on exhibit in San Diego at an Native Artist's Exhibit until late April, 2005. The original doll has since been accessioned into the Gene Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. This doll was a limited edition of 10 and all have been purchased as of December 2005.
Diane also has dolls in collections at other museums and for sale in museums and art galleries with collectable art. In 2010 the National Museum of the American Indian, a branch of the Smithsonian in DC accessioned Fur Trader's Granddaughter into their collection. Bluebird (above, left) has been accessioned into the May Gallery Collection at the University of San Diego .
Diane is also available for booking Doll Making and Native American Information Workshops. Please see link above.
Diane lives in North San Diego County with her cowboy husband of many years. Her five grown children and eleven 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.