This Chiricahua Apache doll is dressed in a deer hide poncho and skirt, the attire a Chiricahua girl would wear for her four-day puberty ceremony. A great deal of time, skill and effort went into making a girl’s puberty ceremony outfit. to this day, they are almost always stained with yellow ocher, heavily fringed and ornately, but uniquely, detailed around the hems of the skirt and poncho, and the poncho’s collar. In this regard, each girl’s outfit, made especially for her, is highly distinctive.
Chiricahua Apache doll, Arizona,Ca. 1880s, Deer hide, ocher, cotton cloth, wool cloth, wood, horsehair, glass beads, metal cones, brass, sinew. 16/1347