Tuesday, January 29, 2013

STORYTELLER DOLLS

     As I was packing to move back to the States, I came across my collection of storyteller dolls. Whenever I visit the Southwest, I like to bring home one as a souvenir. The dolls are a tradition among some Native Americans, especially in the pueblos of New Mexico.
     I love the dolls because they represent the oral heritage of the tribe or pueblo. The storyteller itself varies-- sometimes it is a female figure, sometimes male, sometimes even an animal figure. But, these storytellers always have young ones listening. One generation is passing down the wisdom and stories of the ancestors to yet another generation!
     I find these dolls to be an instant inspiration when my energy for my genealogy projects lag. So I thought I would share my storytellers here to give everyone a bit of energy on this midwinter day.