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Handmade Fun: Corn Husk Dolls

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Celebrate the fall harvest by making your own corn husk doll and learning about the Indigenous cultures in which the dolls originated.

Corn husk dolls, a symbol of the harvest, originated in Indigenous cultures where corn was a staple crop. The husks were put to good use lighting lamps, filling pillows, and making baskets, masks, arrow quivers, ceremonial dolls and more. Children ages 3 to 7 can make a corn husk doll while learning some cultural history — including the Haudenosaunee legend about a doll that came to life to entertain children, but spent so much time admiring herself that she lost her face.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

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