Learning to make corn husk dolls at the Carpenter Museum with Chelsea Johnston

A corn husk doll is a Native American doll made out of the dried leaves or “husk” of a corn cob. Corn husk dolls have been made by Northeastern Native Americans probably since the beginnings of corn agriculture more than a thousand years ago.

(Above) Carpenter Museum Interim Director Chelsea Johnston works with Abby McWain, her daughter and Paula Fazio to show them how to make corn husk dolls.

(Above) Chelsea shows them how to tie the corn husks together to fashion a head at the top and a body beneath.

Paula and Helen Litterst work on one doll while Abby and her daughter finish theirs.

Click here for a video of the workshop and here for a video of a Pokanoket woman telling the story of why the dolls do not have a face.