My Kuspuk & My Dolls


I finally own my first Kuspuk, the traditional Alaska Native dress.  My beautifully talented stepmother made it for me.  Besides that, my husband brought down a lot of stuff we left in storage when we moved down to the Lower 48 years ago.

MyKuspuk2If you look to the right, you can see Evangeline, my Ashton Drake doll, and if you look to the left you can see my little barn chicken coop.

Here is Evangeline (yellow bow) with my daughter’s new doll, Serena (purple bow), from Ashton Drake.  She’s the one with black hair.


The other two are from JC Toys.  My mother gave me the little one, Leia (yep, we do Star Wars here) and the church ladies gave me the big one, Annabelle (white bow), when we were going through financial troubles years ago.

My husband brought down the baby buggy I pushed all my four real babies through the Alaska snow in.  One day, it will carry my grandchildren.  For now, it holds my doll collection.  P.S. That’s a real pacifier in Annabelle’s mouth. I simply cut it to fit.  Other doll collectors use magnets or the sticky goo meant for hanging posters without damaging the wall.


I made the dresses hanging on the wall and my grandmother (in Heaven now) made the blankets.  All of my daughters wore the yellow jumper to their first birthday parties and the very long gown was for my eldest daughter’s church dedication ceremony.  The little brown dress was handed down in my family since I can’t remember when, but it’s much older than me.  You can’t see it well, but there’s a black-lidded bottle in the diaper bag pocket.  It’s real glass, the kind used decades ago.  I don’t know how old it is.  I love antique children’s things.  It’s wonderful to imagine our grandparents as babies.


I’ve had a wonderful week tripping down memory lane.  🙂


  1. I love your dolls! I have baby dolls too. Several. Except the ones my granddaughter absconded with.


  2. Kimber Li says:

    My daughters love the dolls too!


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