Native American Orphans (NAO) are rare collectibles created by Cherokee Artist, Margaret Flanagan. Since each doll is an original and takes literally hundreds of hours of labor and love to create, there can only be about 12 dolls handcrafted per year. Each doll’s clothing and moccasins are sewn from deer hide, complete with beadwork and feathers. These babies are very sturdily constructed; they are weighted for the feel of a living body, and even have “bones” in the fingers. Although most dolls are created in the approximate size of a 10-month-old child, dolls can also be ordered in sized from newborn to 3 years of age. Whatever the age or size you choose, Native American Orphans are so real and life-like that they are often mistaken for live children!
The authentic patterns used in the clothing and footwear are researched to mirror tribal customs, or - if preferred - to match today’s modern pow-wow styles. Beadwork can be ordered on the dress, shirt, moccasins, and on head, leg, and arm bands. Buntings are made from all types of fur, most often fox, rabbit, beaver, coyote, mink, or raccoon.