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Goddesses from the Americas

If you see a Goddess name here without the photos, it means you'll want to come back and see her later. All of the named Goddesses, Queens, and Heroines
named here have been made into dolls by me, but it's taking me time to get them all ~210 added to the website!  
The gallery will keep growing, allowing you to learn about new Goddesses, and can hopefully serve as inspiration for your custom orders, as well!

I imagine many of you followed the plight of the Standing Rock Water Protectors in 2016, as did I.  So many facets of what went on there practically rendered me speechless.
One aspect of the ordeal that I enjoyed watching, though, was the coming together of so many different tribes, even some who have traditionally been enemies.
I read a long article about how a delegation of Pawnee joined the Lakota Sioux at Standing Rock, and I think there has got to be some overall good coming out of this struggle,
to see people whose grandfathers were enemies stand tall together in today's world.

This brings us to Atira, the Pawnee Sacred Earth Mother. You can see from the photos that sometimes I envision one Goddess in different ways. I remember finding the embroidered fabric
which looked and felt so much like buckskin and I knew I wanted it to be for a new Atira, paired with the perfect jasper beads. To be honest, I don't remember why I gave her
the light-colored hair in that version (I think it was a custom request?), but I still kind of like it. It's like Autumn grain.
In her story, I used the words of a shaman from a Pacific Northwest tribe called the Wanapum...another melding of Spirit I hope no one minds.
We may all be from different tribes, families, or places, but we all live on the same beautiful Earth, and we must take care of Her.
Copper Woman
Corn Maiden
Navaho. Related Sister-Goddesses: Changing Woman, White Shell Woman, Turquoise Woman, Painted Woman, Asdzáá nádleehé, Moon Woman
Interestingly, in Estanatlehi's story, she grew to adulthood in 18 days, which is the length of time a monarch butterfly is in its chrysalis, so this Native American butterfly seemed a good match for her!

Cherokee. Related Sister Goddess: Spinning Woman
Marie Laveau
Nana Baruku
This is one of the few dolls I've kept for myself. At the time, I really wanted to make a doll from the Pacific North West, and of course Mother Goddesses always call out to me.
One day I found this paisley design that reminded me of a little baby, but also of a little seed hoping to germinate, and I wreathed it with something reminiscent of vines,
and paired with this perfect batik I just knew she was Queskapenek.

At the time, I was living up in the High Sierras, and all of my wool came from a local woman who raised Coast Salish Sheep, so I thought that was pretty cool, too. :)
Raven Woman
Arctic / Inuit. Related Sister-Goddesses: Nuliajuk
Lakota Sioux. Related Sister Goddesses: Ptesan­Wi, Ptehincala Ska Win
Thanks to Burleigh Mutén for her beautiful version of this story.


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and my Dancing Goddess embroidery designs,
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