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!