Now that I have established my breathing and dried my tears, I want to share with you the extraordinary Blume Doll Barbara M., special Yahoo Group Art4Mail, created. I am so honored to receive this caringly made and researched doll. Her name is Yongosona Wuuti. In Hopi language this means Tortoise/Turtle Woman! Barbara conducted extensive research in naming her. "In the Hopi Culture, the women were responsible for all things domestic. They were nomadic and followed the quest to futile soils. They carried their belongings (houses) with them much like a tortoise, hence her name."
The first Stoyteller was made by a contemporary Pueblo woman in New Mexico, honoring her grandfather who was a storyteller. Storytellers dolls are always depicted with open mouths because they would sing their history. They would also keep their eyes closed. Turtle Woman is a real treasure.
What Barbara did not know is my Niece is a Navajo Indian from the Alamo Reservation, Alamo, New Mexico. Her daughter won the Miss Teen Alamo Navajo 2006-2007 title.
Art4Mail conducted this Ethnic Doll Trade. It is so special that Turtle Woman came to me and our family.