Canada Innu Tea Dolls Labrador

Matching couple of Innu tea dolls made by the well-known doll artist Angela Andrew (1946-2019). Representing a hunter with wife and baby from North West River, a small town in the Labrador region in Canada. Made of fabrics and caribou hide (for the face and moccasins). The Innu people were nomadic hunters and while traveling their children carried these dolls along, filled with a reserve of tea in case regular tea supply ran out. Both dolls have the same ‘Labrador Crafts’ label that reads: ‘Craft Producer: Angela Andrew, Craft Council: North West River’ and ‘Ulu, Traditional Inuit women’s knife for the cleaning of skin. Needle, Originally of bone used for sewing clothing by hand. Crooked Knife, Indian tool of general use – including making snowshoes’.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object Tea Dolls
Origin Canada, Labrador, North West River
Culture Innu
Medium Fabric, caribou hide, yarn, beads
Mark or Tag Paper labels
Made by Angela Andrew
Size H 34 cm
Dated Not dated
Acquired Online 2011


No postcard available. There should be a nice postcard here that matches this doll, to show you how the people living in Aruba are dressed in their traditional costume.

There is nothing suitable in our postcard books at the moment, too bad!

Happy collecting,