Gold Bead Woman


Shipping to United States: $3.50

Gold Bead Woman received her name from the golden glass and mixed crystal beads she chose to adorn her new dress with. Before she was Golden Bead Woman her name was the one given to her in her childhood. She had longed to shed her childhood name receive a woman’s name. This was her chance.

With the advent of the new trading era (ca 1750’s) she enjoyed the items the men in the village brought back from trading with the trappers and Hudson Bay Traders and searched diligently for just the “right” beads for her new dress. Known in her village as one with exception skills in tanning and beading, Golden Bead Woman is no longer known by her childhood name, but by a woman’s name. An honor to be sure.
A favorite of collectors, Gold Bead Woman is adorned with gold colored glass beads front and back. Her long fringed dress is soft leather. Her beadwork is in a "v" design of gold glass beads and blue mixed cut glass beads and is also on back of dress. Her shoes are beaded in white and blue glass beads. Her earrings are glass. Her necklace is black trade-style with a genuine turquoise nugget in center.

Her dress is handsewn and beaded. Her body parts are machine sewn and hand sewn in place. Body made from brown cotton broad cloth. GBW is 11" tall, with a 7" armspan. Stand not included.

Gold Bead Woman is a creation from Oglala Sioux Enrolled Tribal Member, Diane Tells His Name. Diane has dolls in exhibits, museums and galleries. Among other credits, Diane has been selected to be a judge at the juried art show at the Annual Indian Fair at the Museum of Man, Balboa Park in past years; has dolls in the Autry Collection (Los Angeles), the May Collection (San Diego) and recently has had a doll accessioned into the National Mus. of American Indian (Smithsonian).

Doll is signed with makers mark and comes with Card of Authenticity.

Shipping & Policies

Payment Methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards


PayPal accepted, as well as checks or money orders.

Shipping from United States

Doll shipped in large, padded envelope at cost of approx. $4.00 stateside, $10.00 worldwide and Canada.


Returns & Exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Returns and exchange details

Because these dolls are made to order, accurate description is provided and questions throughly answered before your order is placed, there are no refunds. Thank you for your understanding.


Wholesale is available for gift shops, museum shops etc.
Please contact me for quantity pricing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Care instructions

Dolls will last for many years with care. Yearly or so use a soft makeup brush to dust doll off. Any stray horse tail hair can be easily tucked back into place using needle nose pliers . Spots and dirt can be removed using mild dishsoap and water , dapping spot with light pressure and swirling motion using small ,soft paint brush. The lighter suede can be cleaned with white baby powder using a small brush also.
If your doll includes a feather and it deteriorates , I will replace it anytime. Just email me!

Are you enrolled with a federally recognized tribe?

Yes, I am an enrolled Oglala Lakota Sioux. My enrollment number is confidential . I include a card of authenticity with each item purchased and am listed with the US Governments Indian Arts and Craft Board.

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