I got very disenchanted because I received a not so nice note via EBay a couple of years ago. I had listed a sweet doll on EBay with the title "Native American Doll". I stated clearly in my listing that I was not Native American and that the title was just descriptive. The doll was simply a product of my imagination and my interpretation of Native American culture. The doll I had listed on EBay had tan skin, black hair, and a super cute dress with petroglyphs on it. She also came with a tiny baby and a cradle board that could be strapped onto her back. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of this beautiful doll any more. Must have lost that file...
The person who wrote to me said some very unkind things to me. She asked me to take down my listing because it was insulting to her as a Native American. She accused me of steeling from tribal people by creating and selling such a doll. She also told me that it was illegal to list a doll calling it Native American. I don't know how, but somehow she got the idea that I was pretending to be Native American. What?
Now I wish I had never responded to her email. There was simply no reasoning with this person. After a couple of emails, it became clear to me, that she had made it her life's work to hunt down people over the Internet and harass them. She was convinced that I was wrong and somehow hurting Native American people.
|warrior doll with her baby|
The whole situation left a very bitter taste in my mouth. I never listed such a doll on EBay again. I guess in the end - I let that person win.
I only made one other doll like it, when a mother asked me to make a brave warrior girl for her daughter. The daughter was scared of going to bed. Then the mom read her a book about a brave Indian girl. The Mom wanted a doll to resemble the character in the story. There was a happy ending to this story. The little girl who received the doll was able to sleep with the help of the friend I made for her.
Now I am ready to make another doll in that spirit. I am having fun researching dress styles of the Crow people. I received an amazing photo of the little girl's great grandmother in her traditional Crow dress.
How would you have dealt with such a letter?