During his visits to Plains Indian camps in the mid 1800s, Richard Irving Dodge observed little girls at play. Young girls had much freedom to play until they were old enough to handle women’s work. Dodge said their mothers made dolls for them with dresses “copied in minute details from ceremonial dresses of parents or friends. [Their] baby-houses are miniature teepees.” While this photo was made 40-50 years later, the dolls and miniature teepees appear as Dodge described.
From: Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years of Personal Experience Among the Red Men of the Great West by Richard Irving Dodge, A.D. Worthington and Company, Hartford, CT, 1882, page 346.
Photo: courtesy Library of Congress