More representation in dolls

A workshop to learn how to make traditional hide dolls
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Kaitlin Boysel
Indian Country Today

Most girls play with dolls made out of plastic, but for some tribes, these dolls were made from deer hide.

At Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, students are taking a five-day workshop to learn how to make traditional hide dolls.

“We're teaching cultural skills here. So it just allows them to be able to take this skill that they are learning right now and impact their families and their communities,” said Lori Sherman, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, who is the president of the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College in Baraga County, Michigan.

Watch the news segment as correspondent Kaitlin Onawa Boysel takes us to a class where some students are building their first doll.

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