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Historic Seminole Dolls 3D Models

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Working with the Tampa Bay History Center's collections, USF Libraries and the DHHC is collaborating to document Seminole and Miccosukee dolls for the late 19th century and 20th Centuries that are curated at the TBHC.

The dolls, which started as toys, later turned to tourism trade goods, carved out of wood or made from palmetto fiber and clothed in traditional outfits. It was taboo to carve dolls like resembled a real person, and so these dolls are meant to not be realistic in that way. A realistic doll it was believed, could bring harm to the person who made it and to the person it looked like. The hairstyles and clothing represented offer important connections to the culture, and the shapes, styles and materials offer meanings and important dating information about the pieces.