The dolls were produced in factories from 1920 through the 1960s, and were usually sold as travel souveniers.
Skookum dolls were made to resemble Native American men, women, and children,and were made in various sizes and styles reflecting different tribes and styles of dress, (albeit stylized versions.).
|As you can see from this picture, compared to the one below, she looks a bit better since I pulled the top of her head back into place. The earliest Skookums had human hair, but later that changed to Mohair. I think this lady has Mohair hair.|
|See what I mean about her head? From this picture you can see that she is stuffed with straw or excelsior.|
According to Skookum.com the word 'Skookum' "originated from the Chinook or Siwash traders of the American Northwest and has a few meanings. The main one attributed to the Skookum doll is Bully Good! which means very good, excellent or large. Some other meanings of Skookum are strong, good, brave, tough, best, powerful, ultimate, first rate, cool etc."
See you tomorrow for another doll.