Article by Elizabeth Doxtater

he soft husk of the corn plant
was used to make a beautiful cornhusk doll.
She was instructed to play
with the children and keep them entertained.
She travelled to many villages and the children loved her.
Many people would comment on her beauty.

Soon the doll forgot about her duties and spent long hours
by the water admiring her reflection.
Her face was removed to remind the people to remain humble
and not to become obsessed with appearance,
as true beauty is found in fulfilling your commitments.
To this day the cornhusk doll remains faceless.

Excerpted from Fall/Winter 2015 Ornamentum. Click here to subscribe.

Elizabeth Doxtater is from the Six Nations, Grand River Territory near Brantford, Ontario.† She is a ‘cornhusk artist.’ Cornhusk-doll making and cornhusk-sculpting is an ancient art form indigenous to the Lake Ontario region.† She promotes cornhusk work both as a medium and as a subject.

No-Face Cornhusk Doll