Item #31393 Native American paper doll play set.
Native American paper doll play set.
Native American paper doll play set.
Native American paper doll play set.
Native American paper doll play set.
Native American paper doll play set.
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Native American paper doll play set.

(c. 1940s). A set of paper toy figures which together display a tableau of a tribe of Native Americans. The set contains eleven Native Americans (two share a single cut-out panel) wearing headdresses, brandishing weapons, riding horses, smoking pipes, and weaving. There are also two cut-out panels as set-pieces - a campfire and a bundle of spears and a shield; a bucking and riderless horse; a white man tied to a tree, apparently to be used as target practice; and a three-panel teepee. All panels are supported by crosswise "grass" props. The whole is a fine, fascinating example of juvenile ethnotourism, with all its joys and faults, casting Native Americans as people of interest and personality, but also as potential threats to white settlers. As an artifact, it remains a work of remarkable detail and quality; most of the figures are articulated by brass fasteners, and all of the thin endpoints, save one, are intact. One "grass" prop apparently missing, another torn in half but present. Some creasing and two tears, one partial and one complete, to teepee panels. All housed in box, which shows tape repair at corners. Altogether in fine condition. Item #31393

Price: $1,250.00

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