Antoinette (Toni) Scott
“My interest centers around the 1800’s, when trade was welcomed between the settlers and my people. This introduced glass seed beads, cotton and wool materials, and silver; traded for furs, leathers, and wampum.”
Nyá Wëh. Skäno ~. My English name is Antoinette (aka: Toni); am a proud member of a federally recognized tribe – the Seneca Nation of Indians (Keepers of the Western Door) - Haudenosaunee - Onondowagah.
In 1995, I was graciously taught the art of crafting a “no-faced cornhusk doll” by my late grandmother Mrs. Lillian Kane. She asked me to help – so I helped. As she taught and demonstrated; I learned along the way - specifically; how “corn” was utilized among my people. The “husk” can be twisted, tied and sown together to make various items such as: cornhusk moccasins, cornhusk salt bottles, mats rugs, masks, rope and dolls. (just to name a few).
After years of being her understudy, I learned how to intricately and properly clothe the dolls. The dolls are clothed in a variety of materials; and like regular everyday clothes – the clothes tell a story of a particular era or time in history. My interest centers around 1800’s, when trade was welcomed between the settlers and my people. This introduced glass seed beads, cotton and wool materials and silver; traded for furs, leathers, and wampum.
Since the passing of my grandmother Lillian in 2006, my family and I continue to share a small part of our proud Seneca Indigenous culture across what my people call “Turtle Island” (North America). We’ll continue to share and start each demonstration with a “Prayer of Thanks”, followed by “Legend of the No-Faced Cornhusk Doll”. (As long as the good Creator allows us). From there the class participants follow along - until the finished product is a “traditional no-face cornhusk” doll. The hands-on demonstrations are a favorite part of my cultural journey. I’ve met the nicest, most amazing folks along my travels. The camaraderie is PRICELESS”! Nya weh – for the continued interest in mine and other Indigenous cultures & for the continued opportunities to share and teach about my beautiful heritage!